La Semana Santa
One of the most known festivity in Spain is the “Semana Santa“, the week between Palm Sunday and Easter.
Spain is a very catholic country, and during this week all over Spain there are processions of believers and statues depicting Jesus and his mother Mary known as “Pasos“, carried by people of old brotherhoods (confràdias) that prepare themselves all the year for this occasion.
During the processions people wear the Nazareno (for this reason they are called “Nazarenos” as well), a characteristic tunic, and the Capirote, the famous hat with the tip.
Women during the processions of Semana Santa wear the Mantilla, the black veil that covers their head, fixed to the hair with a comb, usually made of tortoise shell.
Let’s have a look at different Spanish cities and their traditions!
In Malaga the Semana Santa is famous because every year a prisoner is released.
In Leon really characteristic is the meeting between the Pasos of San Juan and the one of Mary, in Plaza Mayor.
In Saragoza there are 24 confradiàs, carrying 24 pasos, and the oldest brotherhood carries the paso of the Burial of Jesus.
But the most famous and important Semana Santa takes place in Sevilla.
Here 60 brotherhoods carry in procession 116 pasos depicting the Christ Passion, accompanied by 50.000 Nazarenos.
The route is established and it is called “official route” (“Recorrido y Carrera Oficial“), and the order of the brotherhoods during the procession is usually ruled by seniority.
All the brotherhoods have to pass the “Puerta de San Miguel“, in “Plaza de la Campana“, walk through one of the most important commercial streets, known as “Sierpes“, then cross “Plaza de San Francisco” and walk in “Avenida de la Constitucion“, the most important street of Sevilla that leads to the historical centre of the city.
The route ends in front of the Cathedral.
One of the most intense moments during the processions is the “Saeta“: the procession stops and one person starts to sing the Saeta, a characteristic Spanish religious song.
They sing without music, producing sounds that remind those of the arabic songs, which are part of the tradition of flamenco.
This festivity is probably the most important for Spanish people, so if you are in Spain in this period you must go and take part in the celebration!
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