Living in Spain and bringing up a Spanglish family during the current 'crisis' and trying various ways to make some 'dinero'. Enjoying life in the sun, crafting and blogging as much as possible.

27 Mar 2012

Easter - Semana Santa

Spain is especially renowned for its Holy Week traditions or Semana Santa. Holy Week, the last week of Lent, which is the week immediately before Easter, sees its most glamorous celebrations in the region of Andalucia, particularly in Seville, while those of Castile see the more sombre and solemn events, typified by Semana Santa at Zamora.This is a religious holiday.

A common feature in Spain is the almost general usage of the nazareno or penitential robe for some of the participants in the processions. This garment consists in a tunic, a hood with conical tip (capirote) used to conceal the face of the wearer, and sometimes a cloak. The exact colors and forms of these robes depend on the particular procession. The robes were widely used in the medieval period for penitents, who could demonstrate their penance while still masking their identity. These nazarenos carry processional candles or rough-hewn wooden crosses, may walk the city streets barefoot, and, in some places may carry shackles and chains on their feet as penance. In some areas, sections of the participants wear dress freely inspired by the uniforms of the Roman Legion.

In LORCA (the area we plan to move to)

Holy Week in Lorca is one of the most important demonstrations of celebration of Holy Week in Spain. Regardless of the existence of religious processions in the traditional way, are the Bible Parades Passionate dotting the Easter lorquina of a unique and different, with representations of the Old Testament or the Christian symbolism or with the participation of horses and chariots and floats of enormous dimensions.The embroidered silk are also a prominent feature of Lorca processions, marked by an extraordinary rivalry between two of its fraternities or steps, the Blue and White. the most important step is the Royal and Illustrious Confraternity of Our Lady of the Rosary (White Pass)is traditionally considered going back to the fifteenth century, although the oldest documents referring to the same date of 1599;and its owner is the virgin of bitterness known as the beautiful;which is carried on Good Friday in a golden throne carried by over 130 people,the White Pass has over 1.500 embroideries in silk and gold. the other step is Brotherhood of Farmers Lorca( blue pass)Holder is Our Lady of Sorrows,and also embroidered in silk and gold.

Article taken from Wikipedia

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