There are traditions and customs that Sicilians cherish and pass on with great passion and devotion: Easter is the time of the year when, in every town, Sicilian folklore is expressed at its best and seduces all the tourists who are spending their spring holidays in this beautiful island.
The ancient tradition of the “Madonna-Vasa Vasa” (translated “The Madonna kiss-kiss”)
Modica is not an exception and it celebrates Easter Sunday through the procession of the Madonna-Vasa Vasa, which attracts thousands of tourists and visitors every year.
Corso Umberto I, the main street of the town, gets packed: visitors and locals fill the whole street reaching all the way to the outside of the Church of Saint Mary of Bethlehem, in order to worship a statue of Saint Mary, where she is covered by a black veil, in mourning for the loss of her son, Jesus.
In the meantime, a statue of the Risen Jesus is carried through the streets of Modica, but in the opposite direction. At noon, in Piazza Municipio, the statue of Saint Mary meets the statue of the Risen Jesus: this is when the Madonna, via a mechanical mechanism, drops the black cloak to show the classic light blue dress to the locals and tourists, who get emotionally touched by the whole scene.
This is the procession’s most anticipated moment: the Madonna, at the sight of the risen Christ, opens her arms to embrace and kiss him, while dozens of white doves hover in the air to seal the happiness of this event.