On the evening of Good Friday, groups of costumed actors represent the Passion and the death of Christ. The Procession was inaugurated in 1726 because the town had escaped damage by an earthquake which took place on Good Friday. Since then it has been continually enriched by characters, images and moments of reflection and meditation. The current version of the Procession dates back to 1820, when the community requested a Statue of the Dead Christ to carry, which was then created for the express purpose. The scions of Siena's old Compagnie Laicali also participate in the Procession.