Monday, March 23, 2009

Holy Week in Andalucia

The Holy Week is one of the most representative religious festivals in Spain, which is celebrated throughout the country. But if there is a region that lives it with a special fervour, that is Andalusia. There are thousands of tourists who flock to Andalusia to enjoy Holy Week, which is celebrated during the week of the first full moon of spring. This Christian festival commemorates the death and resurrection of Jesus, in addition to the Passion of Christ.

The Holy Week begins with the end of the Lent (from Palm Sunday to Holy Wednesday) and finishes with the Holy Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Hly Saturday and Sunday of the Resurrection). About 60 Brotherhoods leave in procession with images of the Virgin and the Passion of Christ to the delight tourists and locals.

The processions are sorted parades followed by rows of penitents or Nazarenes with candles. Usually sounds instrumental music with the parades, unless they are silent processions.

The case of the Seville Holy Week is very special. This is one of the most important in Spain. It enjoys an international reputation within the Catholic world and it has been declared a public holiday of International Tourist Interest.

People in Seville venerate the following saints: the "Señor de Sevilla", the "Virgen de la Macarena y la Esperanza de Triana", the "Cristo de la Expiración (Cachorro) " and the "Cristo del Gran Poder".

But in addition to a religious festival, Easter is an important cultural event. Discover why travelling to Andalusia. Rent Seville Apartments for the best accommodation.

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