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Semana Santa in Spain Holy Week in Spain Religious Festivals in Spain.
The Spanish people are deeply religious and for them the most important time of the year is Holy Week where national traditions have developed into the intricate and beautiful Semana Santa. In Spain Holy Week, the last week of Lent, which is the week immediately before Easter, has glamorous celebrations in the south around Andalusia, particularly in Seville and Málaga, whilst further north  those of Castile are more sombre and solemn events, typified by Semana Santa at Zamora.
 

The traditions of Holy Week  in Spain have developed all aspects of the festivals and across the country the processional clothing now generally includes the nazareno or penitential
robe . 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 colours and forms of these robes depend on the particular procession. These robes have existed since medieval times 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.
 
The processions are deeply moving and beautiful occasions and some are televised on national and local television.

Holy Week commemorates the Passion of Christ, begins on Palm Sunday March 24 2018  to Holy Saturday March 31 2018

Semana Santa de Sevilla

 Easter Week in Seville
Semana Santa
There are many good reasons to holiday in Seville, this week is a particularly good one. See the famous statues of the Virgin Mary with canopies: they are Baroque statues with silver and gold crowns, embroidered cloaks and velvet tunics which only reveal face and hands.
 
 
Semana Santa de Riogordo
 Easter Week in Riogordo
 
 Easter week in Jerez de la Frontera
Jerez de la Frontera (Cadiz)
Santiago de Compostela
O Antroido (Fiestas de Carnaval)
 O Antroido (Carnival Fiestas)
Santiago de Compostela , in Galicia, celebrates this age-old fiesta where masks and fancy dress combine with carnival floats and local cuisine.
 Semana Santa de Valladolid
 Easter Week in Valladolid

Hellín, Albacete
Tamborada (drum-playing)
 
Semana Santa de Granada
 Easter week in Granada
Semana Santa
A wonderful, once seen never forgotten religious celebration in a great city
 
Semana Santa de Málaga
 Easter Week in Málaga
Semana Santa
A beautiful procession in honour of the Virgin of the Sorrows, which takes place early Friday morning, illuminated only by the long candles of the Nazarenes is one of the many highlights of this fascinating week.
Semana Santa in Valencia
 
Easter Week Salamanca

The Easter Festivals in Spain are always emotionally moving and visually fascinating but when you add to it the setting of one of the most beautiful cities in Europe then these events are truly spectacular.

"Empalaos"
Valverde de la Vera
Cáceres, Extramadura
 
Semana Santa de Jerez de la Frontera
- Easter week in Jerez de la Frontera
 
 

Semana Santa de Baena
Easter Week Baena (Córdoba)
Religion, colour and drums
These are some of the most important religious festivals in Spain. A noisy colourful way to celebrate the life of Christ and his death. The Baena Easter week celebrations are the most important fiesta in the town (Cordoba province).
 
Semana Santa in Spain - Easter Week in Spain
 
Semana Santa de Cabra
 Easter Week in Cabra
The Easter week celebrations in Cabra (Cordoba province) are outstanding for their mass participation, with the whole town getting involved in the festivities. They are also known for the artistic wealth of the processions that can be found at almost any time of day.
 
Semana Santa de Viveiro
 Easter Week in Viveiro
 
Cáceres, Extramadura
Midnight Thursday to Friday at 12 pm
 
 
Semana Santa de La Puebla de Híjar
 Easter week in La Puebla de Híjar (La Puebla de Híjar)
Semana Santa
 
Semana Santa in Spain - Easter Week in Spain

Semana Santa de Samper de Calanda
 Easter week in Samper de Calanda (Samper de Calanda)
Semana Santa
 
Semana Santa de Urrea de Gaén
 Easter week in Urrea de Gaén (Urrea de Gaen)
Semana Santa

Semana Santa de Valladolid - Easter Week in Valladolid
 
 
Easter Week Baena (Córdoba)
Religion, colour and drums
These are some of the most important religious festivals in Spain. A noisy colourful way to celebrate the life of Christ and his death. The Baena Easter week celebrations are the most important fiesta in the town (Cordoba province).
 
Easter Week in Cordoba, Spain
Location
The city of Cordoba, Spain celebrates Easter with more than 30 religious processions which are carried out in total silence and with considerable emotion. These traditions are centuries oldthe most famous being 'El Rescatado', held on Palm Sunday; there is also 'El Cristo del Remedio de Ánimas', on Easter Monday; 'Nuestra Señora de la Paz y la Esperanza', on Easter Wednesday; 'Nuestra Señora de las Angustias' or 'El Esparraguero', on Maundy Thursday; and 'La Virgen de los Dolores', on Good Friday.
 
 
Festival of the "Embolao" bull
Vejer de la Frontera. Cádiz www.cadizturismo.com
 Festival of the "Embolao" bull or the bull with balls on its horns. On Easter Sunday. Including an open air Dance. http://www.vejerdelafrontera.co.uk/calender.html
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Semana Santa de Cabra
 Easter Week in Cabra
The Easter week celebrations in Cabra (Cordoba province) are outstanding for their mass participation, with the whole town getting involved in the festivities. They are also known for the artistic wealth of the processions that can be found at almost any time of day.
 
Aragón
Easter week in Teruel
 
 
Semana Santa de Albalate del Arzobispo
- Easter week in Albalate del Arzobispo (Albalate del Arzobispo)
 

Semana Santa de Alcañiz
- Easter week in Alcañiz (Alcañiz)
 

Semana Santa de Alcorisa
- Easter week in Alcorisa (Alcorisa)
 

Semana Santa de Andorra
- Easter week in Andorra (Andorra)
 
Fiesta del Bollo
 La Fiesta del Bollo (Pastry Festival) is celebrated in the village of  Avilés, Asturias .
 
Semana de la Música Religiosa.
Semana Santa de Cuenca - Religious Music Week. Easter Week in Cuenca
Cuenca


All the drama and religious fervour of the strict ceremony of the Easter traditions enhanced by the addition of music performed by international orchestras and choirs.
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Semana Santa de Riogordo (Málaga)
The representation of the death of Jesus Christ.
 
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La Ronda y la Procesión de los Pasos - La Ronda and Los Pasos processions
León
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Aragón
Easter week in Teruel (Teruel)
 

Semana Santa de Albalate del Arzobispo
- Easter week in Albalate del Arzobispo (Albalate del Arzobispo)
 

Semana Santa de Alcañiz
- Easter week in Alcañiz (Alcañiz)
 

Semana Santa de Alcorisa
- Easter week in Alcorisa (Alcorisa)
 

Semana Santa de Andorra
- Easter week in Andorra (Andorra)
 
Misterio de la Pasión - Mystery of the Passion
Mystery of the Passion (Lleida)
Historic religious play where more than 500 local people play roles that has been shown since 1481
 
 
Spain is famous for its fiestas and celebrations and among the most important are the celebrations of the Holy Week, or 'Semana Santa'.
Semana Santa (Holy Week) is in fact celebrated all over Spain from Domingo de Ramos (Palm Sunday) to Domingo de Resurreccion (Easter Sunday), though some smaller towns only have processions on Jueves Santo (Maundy Thursday) and Viernes Santo (Good Friday).

Major towns will have processions every night of Holy Week, each with their cofradias (lay brotherhoods) and penitentes (penitents), which incidentally have nothing to do with the KKK despite their pointed hats. The cofradias tend to have long important names such as Pontificia y Venerable e Ilustre Hermandad de Nuestra Madre y Señora de la Soledad y Sagrado Descendimiento de Nuestro Señor Jesucristo.
 
The procession is a serious affair and usually has two tronos (heavy religious floats) bearing valuable sculptures of the Virgin Mother weeping tears of jewels and of Christ, not always crucified. Preceding the pasos are hundreds of nazarenos - Nazarenes but just another name for penitents. They dress in long hooded túnicas (gowns) made of velvet and satin, and carry the flickering velas (candles) that leave the streets slippery with wax. Others carry luxurious sceptres.

Each trono is extremely heavy for the numerous throne carriers underneath who have to carry it along the route of the procession. In Seville and Jerez thet are called costaleros, in Malaga simply hombres de trono. In addition to the the valuable religious image, the trono has a lot of silver candelabra, aromatic flowers and richly embroidered robes which sway as the float creeps along its ritual path.
 
Semana Santa (Holy Week) is in fact celebrated all over Spain from Domingo de Ramos (Palm Sunday) to Domingo de Resurreccion (Easter Sunday), though some smaller towns only have processions on Jueves Santo (Maundy Thursday) and Viernes Santo (Good Friday).

Major towns will have processions every night of Holy Week, each with their cofradias (lay brotherhoods) and penitentes (penitents), which incidentally have nothing to do with the KKK despite their pointed hats. The cofradias tend to have long important names such as Pontificia y Venerable e Ilustre Hermandad de Nuestra Madre y Señora de la Soledad y Sagrado Descendimiento de Nuestro Señor Jesucristo.

 

Castilla y León

Semana Santa de Ávila - Easter Week in Ávila (Ávila)

Semana Santa de León - Easter Week in León (León)

La Ronda y la Procesión de los Pasos - La Ronda and Los Pasos processions (León)

Semana Santa de Palencia - Easter Week in Palencia (Palencia)
 


Semana Santa de Salamanca - Easter Week in Salamanca (Salamanca)
 


Semana Santa de Valladolid - Easter Week in Valladolid (Valladolid)
 


Semana Santa de Medina de Rioseco - Easter week in Medina de Rioseco (Medina de Rioseco)

Semana Santa de Medina del Campo - Easter week in Medina del Campo (Medina del Campo)

Semana Santa de Zamora - Easter Week in Zamora (Zamora)
 

Semana Santa de Valladolid - Easter Week in Valladolid
 

 
Alzira
FESTIVITIES OF EASTER WEEK
Declared a Fiesta of National Tourist Interest in 2005. There are many processions that are celebrated during the days of the Passion but those that stand out most are the colourful Palm Sunday Procession accompanied by the living representation of the entrance of Jesus in Jerusalem, the Procession of Silence that takes place in the small hours of Good Friday, in which the Nazarene and La Soledad of the parish of La Encarnación (The Incarnation) participate, and the Procession of the Santo Entierro (Holy Burial) in the afternoon of the same day, in which 24 floats represent culminating points of the Passion.

 
 
 
Sagunt/Sagunto
FESTIVITIES OF EASTER WEEK
The Holy Week in Sagunto, National Tourist Interest Festivity, has been consolidated as a social and religious phenomenon that has been kept for more than 500 years. The young confreres who form the 'Mayoralía' are the people in charge of the preparation of the acts that take place in mostly in the ‘ermita de la Sangre'. Starts on Palm Sunday with the blessing of the Palms and the Palm procession. A representation of the Passion scenes of Crist performed by actors form Sagunto takes place starting at the church of Santa María and continues around the streets of the old neighbourhood. In the Calvary, the Crucifixion is staged. On Wednesday evening, the impressive Silence Procession takes place. On Holy Thursday solemn services are celebrated, one of which includes the movement of the "Jesús Sacramentado" effigy to the Monument installed in the ‘ermita de la Sangre'. The big day of the Holy Week in Sagunto comes on the Good Friday with the Vía Crucis from the hermitage when the image of Jesus Nazareno travels up to the Holy Calvary. In the evening, a traditional auction takes place in the square of the hermitage, where the ‘Mayorales' request, economic collaboration from the inhabitants of Sagunto. The "Sermó del Desenclavament" in the church of Santa Maria and particularly the "vespertina" procession of the Holy Burial are other interesting acts. The acts end with the Resurrection Mass, celebrated in the church of Santa María concluding with firworks.
 
Semana Santa in Spain - Easter Week in Spain


 

 
Orihuela
FESTIVITIES OF EASTER WEEK
On Holy Saturday, the city lives one of its most enduring festive moments, when the paso (processional sculpture) La Diablesa, allegory of the victory of the Cross, of which only two exist in the whole of Spain, takes to the streets. During the week, also celebrated, is the traditional benediction of the palms, processions and the Via Crucis. Sculptors of religious images like Salzillo, Valera, Sánchez Lozano or Nicolás de Bussi turn the city into an authentic museum
 
"Empalaos"
Valverde de la Vera
Cáceres, Extramadura
A re-enactment of Christ's walk carrying the cross on which he was to be impaled at the hill of Calvary, Jerus
 
 
Semana Santa de Cabra
 Easter Week in Cabra
The Easter week celebrations in Cabra (Cordoba province) are outstanding for their mass participation, with the whole town getting involved in the festivities. They are also known for the artistic wealth of the processions that can be found at almost any time of day.
 
Semana Santa de Granada


 Easter week in Granada
A wonderful, once seen never forgotten religious celebration in a great city
 



Semana Santa de Málaga  Easter Week in Málaga


A beautiful procession in honour of the Virgin of the Sorrows, which takes place early Friday morning, illuminated only by the long candles of the Nazarenes is one of the many highlights of this fascinating week.
 



Semana Santa in Valencia


Semana Santa (Holy Week, Easter)


 is the second biggest fiesta in Valencia after Las Fallas. Ten days packed with colourful processions in the maritime district of Cabanyal. Although it is a world-wide celebration, Valencia has its unique features. It has the most colours in Spain - there are 28 brotherhoods participating, and each has their own uniform and regalia. Well worth seeing it live, but if you can't, you will see all those colours on display in the museum of  ...


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Semana Santa de Sevilla


 Easter Week in Seville


There are many good reasons to holiday in Seville, this week is a particularly good one. See the famous statues of the Virgin Mary with canopies: they are Baroque statues with silver and gold crowns, embroidered cloaks and velvet tunics which only reveal face and hands.

 



Semana Santa de Zamora


 Easter Week in Zamora


Music plays a special role in these celebrations: Gregorian chant and choral pieces contribute to the splendour of the processions and intensify the feelings of spectators...


Semana Santa de Riogordo


 Easter Week in Riogordo


Semana Santa de Riogordo (Málaga)
The representation of the death of Jesus Christ



The most important event of the Easter week celebrations in Riogordo is the theatrical representation of the Passion. Read More


Semana Santa de Cáceres


 Easter Week in Cáceres


Semana Santa de Cáceres
Solemnity and religious fervour in a unique setting



Cáceres has interesting Easter week celebrations. We should make special mention of the beautiful religious statues, the traditional music that washes over Cáceres’s stunning monuments and buildings, and the cofradías (religious associations), some of which date back to the 15th century, Read More


Semana Santa de El Ferrol


 Easter Week in El Ferrol


Holy Week in El Ferrol
Processions with maritime spirit



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Semana Santa de Viveiro


 Easter Week in Viveiro


An emotive representation of the death of Jesus Christ. .. Read More
 



Semana Santa de Baena <


 Easter Week in Baena


Easter Week of Baena (Córdoba)
Religion, colour and drums
The Baena Easter week celebrations are the most important fiesta in the town (Cordoba province). Although it is a religious fiesta, the town is filled with noise and colour for a few days, to commemorate the death of Jesus Christ.
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Semana Santa de Ocaña
 Easter Week in Ocaña
Ocaña, in the province of Toledo, has been holding its Easter week celebrations in the streets of the town for 400 years. Its processions stand out for their order and silence, as well as for their colour. Especially noteworthy is the Good Friday procession – it has moving statues. Read More
 



Semana Santa de Ciudad Real
 Easter week in Ciudad Real
Participatory, austere and with great artistic beauty. The Easter week celebrations in Ciudad Real are of great artistic and cultural interest. ..Read More




Fiesta del Bollo
 La Fiesta del Bollo (Pastry Festival) is celebrated in the village of  Avilés, Asturias .



Holy Week celebrations in Elche




Semana Santa de Calanda


- Easter week in Calanda (Calanda)
Semana Santa



Semana Santa de Híjar



 - Easter Week in Híjar (Híjar)
Semana Santa






Semana Santa de La Puebla de Híjar - Easter week in La Puebla de Híjar (La Puebla de Híjar)
Semana Santa



Semana Santa de Samper de Calanda



- Easter week in Samper de Calanda (Samper de Calanda)
Semana Santa


Semana Santa de Urrea de Gaén - Easter week in Urrea de Gaén (Urrea de Gaen)
Semana Santa





 
 



 




 





 

Semana Santa Marinera de Valencia 2013

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