THE HOLY WEEK
The Holy Week is a religious festival “ par excellence “ where tradition preserves unforgettable past influences. The procession of the “cofradias”, the brotherhoods, and the beauty of the carriarres, create a unique atmosphere, where the people are protagonists, an art provides the backdrop.
The origin of the brotherhoods dates back to the 11th century, and the processions began in the mid 14th century.
If you are religious, the emotion may bring you to tears. If you are not religious, the spectacular nature of the processions will also have a deep impression on you.
Almost all cities and towns of Spain celebrate the Holy Week in one way or another, which makes it impossible to provide a detailed list here of the same.
However, some merit a mention due to their age, impressiveness, tradition or mysticism.
SEVILLA : The “Vírgenes Sevillana de la Madrugá” on Good Friday. The beautiful images of the Seville virgins with their silver and gold crowns and embroidered shawls, draw out the emotive “saetas” or Flamenco verses, sung to them by the devout.
They start at midnight.Finishing at midday next day.
MALAGA : The Tradition of ” Jesús el Rico ” King Carlos III granted this brotherhood the right to free one prisoner every year, who parades alongside the statue image on Ash Wednesday.
GRANADA : The Christ of the Gypsies. The procession takes almost twelve hours, and combines prayer with the singing of “saetas” (Flamenco verse ).
MADRID : The procession of Jesús Nazareno and the procession of Silence on Good Friday Evening transform the Capital of Spain in the centre of the spirituality. A good chance to feel silence in a big city, like Madrid