Venerdì Santo, ‘Holy Fridaay’
In the past, since the Middle Ages, during the Settimana Santa (‘Holy week’, the week before Easter), Sacre rappresentazioni (‘Holy performances’), theatrical performances about the life and death of Christ were very common.
Probably Giotto was inspired by one of those for his paintings.
So was Niccolò dell’Arca for his spectacular Compianto sul Cristo Morto
A very famous one is held in Romagnano Sesia, Novara (Piemonte), since 1729.
(See also “I miss feste -1-2-3-4-5-6″ https://misshome.wordpress.com/2013/12/25/176-i-miss-feste/