Come and discover these unique, truly Spanish, traditions during the Holy Week preceding Easter. They are real signs of Spanish identity and display an extraordinary cultural wealth that will stay in your memory for a long time.
In Spain almost 70% of the population are Catholics and the country has got a strong Christian tradition. During one of the weeks of April, Catholics celebrate Easter
–the most important Christian holiday after Christmas. During the Holy week, which begins on Palm Sunday (Domingo de Ramos), Spain transforms. The Holy week (Semana Santa) is one of Spain’s most important and deep-rooted celebrations. The streets of most Spanish cities, towns and villages become the stage for religious fervour and devotion, a commemoration of Christ’s death. Music, art and colour come together in magical processions – solemn parades in which crowds of people accompany religious images on their route through the towns.
Through towns and cities come dozens of solemn processions; each religious community has prepared their own “throne” with meticulously decorated images of Jesus and Virgin Mary. Representations of Jesus and the Virgin Mary are carried on the backs of believers´ to show their splendor. They are accompanied by bands playing solemn music and penitents dressed in distinctive cloaks and hoods. The streets are covered in the fog and smell of incense and wax, which is burnt by people performing the procession. The processions are a mixture of music, art and color which converts them into magical events.
Easter is celebrated in every corner of Spain, and each different place does so in its own special way. Come and experience these unique, diverse sensations. Discover the silence of Easter week in Castile-León, in the processions of León, Zamora, Salamanca and Valladolid. Their silent atmosphere is only broken by the sound of the trumpets and drums that accompany the religious figures as they pass. Easter week in Lorca is especially original – the processions include figures and scenes from the bible. Take part in the huge Andalusian processions, especially those of Málaga and, above all, Seville, a city that lives these days of religious fervour with all its spirit.
These are few of the endless options. Come and discover them yourself!