Meltdown, The Alps Under Pressure, National Geographic Magazine: Village Easter Traditions

Inspired from 17th century traditions, the town of Mendrisio celebrates a religious processional near Easter Sunday. Candles light the doorways above shops as evening falls on the main streets, and Swiss townspeople prepare for 700 children to carry lanterns through the village. Loud speakers play somber music along the route on Good Friday.

On Maundy Thursday, people representing the Jews and the Romans portray Christ’s journey to Calvary. The actors wear magnificent costumes bought from the La Scala Theater in Milan, and some 50 horses also participate in the procession.

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