Feast of the Immaculate Conception in Torre del Greco
The feast was first solemnized as a Holy Day of Obligation on December 6, 1708 under a Papal Bull by Pope Clement XI and is often celebrated with parades, fireworks, processions, ethnic foods, and market fairs in many Catholic countries.
The tradition in Torre del Greco
Therefore, starting from the following year, 1862, every 8th December, the procession is repeated in memory of the miraculous event, with the construction of a chariot of impressive size with the statue of the prodigious Immaculate and carried in procession through the streets by over a hundred volunteers, to the cheers of jubilation of the crowds in the streets and on the balconies.
In the years, the procession has been enriched with a whole protocol of events and rules for the construction of the chariot.
The first stage of the construction of the chariot is to build the wooden base and the various decorative items, in paper mache, clay or gypsum. Human figures or animals can be included in the project, to enliven the scene, and artifacts used in the past years can also be reused.
The second stage takes place two weeks before the festival in the Basilica of Santa Croce, traditionally in the right aisle, right next to the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception: it is here that the chariot is assembled linking together all the elements previously prepared; when the whole machine has taken shape, the final decorations and painting are completed. Finally, on 6 December the statue of the Immaculate Conception is placed on the chariot.
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