Easter in Corsica: Festivities and traditions
Marking the beginning of the tourist season, Easter is above all one of the most important festivities in Corsica, commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The program? Crucette, Lavanda, Cerca, Granitula, Merendella and Cacavellu; as many traditions as we will explain to you.
« E Crucette » :
The Holy Week begins on the Sunday before Easter Sunday, also known as Palm Sunday, in the days before the inhabitants gather together to make the Crucettes ("small crosses") with palms, they are also in the form of fish, Stars and various animals. A moment of great conviviality and learning that brings together young and old. On Palm Sunday each person brings his bouquet of Crucette and olive branches to the church to have them blessed, before dispensing them to family and friends, as a lucky bet for the coming year. Hooked in houses, cars and even at the entrance of the vegetable garden for the divine blessing of the crops.
« Lavanda and blessing of the canistrelli » :
U Ghjovi Santu (Calvary Thursday) in Calvi is marked by the traditional A Lavanda, ceremony of the feet washing by the two brotherhoods of Saint Antoine and Saint Erasme. Followed by the blessing of the canistrelli.
Procession of « A Cerca » :
On the Good Friday in the procession of the Cerca of the two brotherhoods of the city, the body of Christ and the Virgin of sorrows are transported from the citadel to the lower town. This procession is punctuated with halts in several churches of the city, accompanied by sacred complaints intoned by the confreres and the faithful.
Procession « A Granitula » :
On Good Friday in the evening, by the flickering light of the candles that local people lay on their windows, the procession composed of the two brotherhoods slowly evolves. At their head, the penitent, wears a hood (to protect his anonymity), ankles unchained and walking barefoot, he carries the cross on his back. He leads the procession in order to be forgiven of his sins. He advances painfully to the throbbing sound of "Perdono mio Dio; Mio dio perdono; Perdono mio Dio; Perdono è Pietà »
From the citadel to the lower town, stops are made in front of each church.
In the Corsican language "Granitula" is a small marine snail whose shell is spiral in shape, referring to the confreres who spiral in front of each square.
« A Merendella » :
La Merendella is a tradition that has been perpetuated in Corsica for centuries. For Easter Monday, families gather for a picnic in the middle of nature. Gather the generations around a convivial meal while enjoying the wonders that Corsican nature offers in spring.
« U Cacavellu » :
The Corsican Easter cake, the Cacavelli are crowns of sweet bread, in which one we slip hard whole eggs. They mark the end of Lent. Generally it is eaten during the weekend of Easter, in dessert after the paschal lamb. In Calvi the traditional Easter cake is the Canistrellu.