Pageant of the Passion of Christ next Saturday in the streets of Victoria
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This year’s Pageant of the Passion of Christ, will be taking place next Saturday evening. A street theatre performance of “the Last Days of Jesus Christ as a human being in the world.”
Organised by the Ghaqda Dilettanti Gimgha l-Kbira – Ghawdex, this pageant is enacted along the streets of Victoria, with the public becoming part of the performance along the way.
The evening opens with a parade of Roman soldiers, starting at 7.00pm from Vajringa Street, continuing to St Augustine’s Square, from where the theatrical production starts at 7.30pm.
During the pageant, fourteen different episodes of the last days of Christ will be acted out in various stations, culminating in the Sanhedrin process and trial before Pilate in Republic Street, followed by the Crucifixion. More than 200 actors take part in the pageant.
The first passion play dates back to 1999. In that year the passion play was performed at the Don Bosco Theatre in Victoria, Gozo. Then in the year 2000, the Passion play was performed with a difference.
Ghaqda Dilettanti Gimgha l-Kbira – Ghawdex said that the venue was neither a theatre nor a church but just the streets forming the core of the oldest locality in Gozo, namely the borgo of Victoria, the island’s capital. This performance was called L-Imsallab fi Triqatna (The crucified in our streets).
This tradition now continues each year. The play starts from the Oratory Don Bosco in St Augustine Square and proceeds through the streets of Victoria, always followed by the large crowds that are drawn each year to see the pageant.
The Ghaqda Dilettanti Gimgha l-Kbira – Ghawdex, was founded in June 1997 by a group of Gozitan enthusiasts, who were fond of the easter traditions in the Maltese islands. Its purpose was to promote Lent, Holy Week and the Easter traditions in Malta and Gozo.