Spain II – Semana Santa

26 Apr

I haven’t been able to find out too much information about the festivities over Easter in Spain in relation to the actual processions.

Semana Santa translates as Holy Week and occurs the week before the Easter weekend to commemorate the last week of Jesus’s life.  The processions in Oriheula took place on the Friday night.  From what I understand the Nazarenes represent those who are giving penants.  They wear strange conical hats which cover their faces and are quite eary until you notice that most of them are children and a lot of them are using mobile phones and other modern paraphanalia.  Although there are similarities in their outfit they have nothing to do with the Klu Klux Klan.  They also hand out masses of sweets to children and young women, I am guessing this has something to do with Mary but not quite sure.

There are music, ‘floats’, processions and what seems like thousands of people involved in the procession.

Unfortunately we weren’t able to stay until the end but it is definitely an experience that I would recommend.


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