|The town of Alimena
Tourism in Alimena
Alimena is a small town placed on Madonie, in the centre of Sicily, between the rivers Salso and Imera. It was founded by Antonio Alimena on 21 February 1628 by grant of king of Spain Philip IV (1605-1665).
Among many religious feasts kept in Alimena, that of primary importance is Holy week which is able to create particular suggestions. It is an old tradition in which local people discover their cultural identity.
Celebrations begin on Palm Sunday with processions made by Confraternities of Rosary and of St. Giuseppe.
Two groups, in their proceeding, show their symbolic Crosses. On Monday it is the turn of the confraternity of Maestranza: the followers of this religious association go on in group and they are followed by a band.
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On Tuesday the confraternity of Crucifix and on Wednesday the confraternity of Ecce Homo, lined up and preceeded by a drummer which beats time.
They go through the village and hold dead candles except a person who holds indeed an old wood Cross.
Thursday is dedicated to the procession of the oldest confraternity of the village: the Santissimo Sacramento (the Holy Sacrament).
Friday is a deep spirituality day; in fact different groups of brothers and believers, from early morning to deep night, go through the streets of Alimena. At noon, at recall of truccula, a wood table, all the confraternities come together, holding their insignia, flags and Crosses nearby the Cathedral Church.
From there the procession, in fixed order, goes up to the Church of Calvary where a new procession starts: Jesus Christ, lied down into an urn supported by young people. The parade stops into the Cathedral Church.
Holy Week finds its end in the celebration of Mass that starts on Saturday midnight into the Cathedral Church. The liturgy goes along the splendid event of Christ's Resurrection.