Functions commemorating the Holy Week will reach their peak tomorrow with the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. In many localities were the Risen Christ statue is not revered during processions, an Easter Sunday function is normally held, however the Kerċem community, a small Gozitan village, on Easter Sunday morning will this year provide a special significance and an unusual spectacle.
TVM met with Joseph Grech as he was working on a new concept of the Risen Christ at Kerċem – a mechanized resurrection accompanied by fireworks. The 1,600-strong community village is known for its creation of fireworks structures during the Madonna tas-Sokkors feast, however this will be a first in this year’s Easter Sunday.
Jonathan Mercieca said he hopes the event will continue in the coming years. “We have this grave here and when it opens, the mechanized Risen Christ will emerge and rise, accompanied by various angels”.
It is a special spectacle, a knack by enthusiasts of the Fireworks Society of Kerċem, with the assistance of the Gozo Ministry through funds from a scheme earmarked towards non-government organizations. Work on the spectacle started last December.
Jonathan Mercieca said “the biggest headache was to manufacture a totally mechanized system; to make the Risen Christ and angels move in one go. It takes a lot of thinking to produce all these effects”.
The Kerċem event will start at 10.00 on Sunday morning.