UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage

Holy Week Processions of Mendrisio

The Processions are held in Mendrisio on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday every year. An unmissable and unique event, where history becomes a spectacle in the perpetuation of tradition. As they make their way through the streets of the town, a soft light is given off by the “Trasparenti”, translucent paintings on canvas mounted on “boxes” and lit up from within. Crafted using a special technique dating back to the eighteenth century, the “Trasparenti” are a characteristic feature of the Processions and a fundamental element of the candidacy. The Maundy Thursday Procession represents the Passion and the Stations of the Cross, featuring around 270 participants. The Good Friday Procession is more austere and solemn, with over 700 participants.

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Date of Inscription

2019

Category

Intangible Cultural Heritage

Region

Ticino

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Holy Week Processions of Mendrisio
  06. – 07.04.2023
The Processions are held in Mendrisio on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday every year. An unmissable and unique event, where history becomes a spectacle in the perpetuation ...
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Holy Week Processions of Mendrisio
Compared to the Funziun di Giüdee, the Good Friday procession, which was also called Entierro, meaning funeral, burial of the Christ) in ...
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Holy Week Processions of Mendrisio
The Funziun di Giüdee, the organisation of which was ensured by the Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament, might on the surface appear to be a kind of sacred ...
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Museum
Holy Week Processions of Mendrisio
Casa Croci, a small 19th-century architectural gem, house the Museo del Trasparente of Mendrisio (Illuminated Paintings Museum). This will be the first exhibition ...
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Our heritage
Holy Week Processions of Mendrisio
What is your role in the Processions of the Holy Week of Mendrisio? I have been officially involved in the organization of the processions for about 52 years, and ...
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