The Easter Arches of San Biagio Platini

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Annually each spring, the citizens of San Biagio Platini in Agrigento Province recognize Christ’s triumph over death with the “Archi di Pasqua,” or the Arches of Easter. This year from March 27 until May 7, the mountain town’s Corso Umberto (i.e., Main Street) will be outfitted with elaborate archways, domes, and bell towers constructed using river reeds, willow, asparagus, bay leaf, rosemary, cereals, dates, and breads that are outfitted with colorful details depicting natural elements. Decorative details, like this chandelier photographed, are made from a colorful salt-dough (similar to Play-Doh) and shaped like fruit, flowers, keys, doves, angles, chapels, and other images created in homage to the Madonna and Christ. Experience Sicily’s Filippo Buttitta attended last year’s feast and took this photo.

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