In Poland there are many traditions connected with Easter time. We paint boiled eggs (pisanki) and we prepare Easter baskets that contain small amount of food, like eggs, sausage, bread, salt, pepper, then in church they are blessed.
Here in Madeira I could also observe some of these traditions but today I would like to focus on one event that was very unusual to me – The Way of The Cross (Via Sacra). I know that in many countries people celebrate it in a various way. In Poland the most common way is following the priest from station to station and pray. I have heard also about very cruel way of celebration in Phillipines, were people are imitating the suffering of Christ, and voluntarily agrees to hammering nails into his own hands and feet.. So being curious how it will be represented here, I went on Holy Friday to Pico da Torre where Via Sacra took place.
I could see a very artistic represention; with actors and dramatic music, the viewers were following up to the Pico da Torre were the Christ was curcified.
I was moved how dramatic this celebration was.
Spending this particular time away from home and observing Easter celebration in diffrent culture was a very unique experience.
Katarzyna, Volunteer at Teatro Metaphora – Associação de Amigos das Artes
European Voluntary Service – Erasmus+
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