Festivities of the Cross

Another of the outstanding traditions of PCR are the Festivities of the Cross, on 3rd May. There are around 200 crosses fixed to walls or in chapels in the town and all are decked with flowers for the occasion. Noteworthy too, are the winding-sheets, always in the shape of the letter M, some of them antique and made of the finest cloth, embroidered in gold, painted or simply white, which symbolise purity. The reasons for erecting the crosses are many. Some are erected following the custom of the Via Crucis which symbolises Christ’s journey to Golgotha with stops or stations on the way; others to commemorate a violent death or accident; others were put up to mark a crossroads or a village boundary. Finally, they were used to mark distinct geographical features, such as a crag.