Ancient Easter Tradition in San Casciano

Plants and flowers symbolize the passion of Christ in an annual Easter installation at San Casciano’s church of the Misericordia.  The most unusual element in the display are surely the sprouts, a symbol of spring and new life, which begin to germinate a month earlier.

Gardenias, calla lilies, daisies, gardenias, begonias, hydrangeas, azaleas and geraniums make up and complement the composition along with sprigs of wheat (representing rebirth), which includes a giant cross made up of sprouts, surrounded by flowers which also adorn the altar.

The installation can be visited through April 2.  To see a slide show, visit Florence’s La Repubblica news site.