During the night between Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, the procession symbolizing the Way of the Cross sets out from six of the island’s towns; Jelsa, Pitve, Vrisnik, Svirče, Vrbanj and Vrboska. At the same time, processions start from six parish churches with a cross-bearer ahead, wearing a heavy cross as a symbol of prayer or gratitude, as his own or family pledge. The cross-bearer is followed by white-clad members of ancient religious cofraternities, and of course the faithful.
They stop in front of churches and chapels in other villages where greeted by priests and return to their parish church before dawn. The people in the Procession pass 25 kilometres in 8 hours. During the ritual, the processions from each village must never meet the others.
Many come to Hvar to witness and participate in this unique combination of pilgrimage, a walking tour of the Adriatic’s longest island, religious music and candlelight.