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Procession of The Cross Jelsa, island Hvar 2.4. till 6.4.2015.

Procession of The Cross
Jelsa, island Hvar

2.4. till 6.4.2015.

The procession of the Cross is a unique custom and reflects the religious and
cultural identity of the inhabitants of the central part of the island of Hvar
and takes place since five centuries. On the night of Maundy Thursday and
Good Friday the procession connects the 6 villages of the island: Jelsa, Pitve,
Vrisnik, Svirče, Vrbanj and Vrboska. The Procession of the Cross starts at the
same time in all 6 parish churches (at 10 p.m.) led by the bearer of the Cross
who carries the 18 kg heavy cross as an expression of prayer or gratitude for
himself or his family. He is accompanied not only by a large number of
selected members of the local brotherhood in their tunics but also by a large
number of believers and pilgrims. They stop at every church and chapel on
the way, expected by the local vicar and return to their local parish church in
the early morning. This procession is extraordinary not only due to its length
(in 8 hours 25 km) but also because of their Passion (lat. patere = suffer),
from the brotherhood prepared and led by the believers, who are influenced
by the history and the Cross during their life. The main part of the procession
is „Gospin plač“(Our lady's tears), a passionstext in eight verses from the
15th. century, a sung dialog by selected singers Kantaduri.

Program 5 days
Maundy Thursday :

Arrival of the guests in the late afternoon, Welcomedrink at the reception,
Check in and dinner. Departure to the eveningprogram „Maundy Thursday
and the procession of The Cross“. Dependant on the individual wish of our
guests they can join the procession in one of the 6 Parish churches or just
participate in the welcome of the bearer of The Cross in the local church.
Good Friday:
After breakfast, departure by bus for the Island tour, which takes some 4
hours. The early afternoon and evening are free for your own individual
program: swimming in the indoor pool and wellness or joining in the
religious customs at the local Parish church. Dinner.
Easter Saturday:
Breakfast. In the morning Easter workshop for children - painting Easter eggs
and crafting paper bunnies, for adults preparing of a traditional Hvar Easter
lunch.The afternoon and evening are free for your own individual program:
swimming in the indoor pool and wellness or joining in the religious customs
at the local Parish church. Dinner. Live music at the bar afterwards.
Easter Sunday:
Rich Easter buffet for brekfast. Departure to the Easter mass. Easter lunch.
The afternoon and evening are free for your own individual program: swimming
in the indoor pool and wellness or joining in the religious customs at
the local Parish church. Dinner. Dalmatian „klapa“ at the bar afterwards.
Easter Monday:
Breakfast and check out.

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World Intangible Heritage

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