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Viernes, 20 Abril 2012

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Viernes, 20 Abril 2012

 The International Day of the Book.

Holy Week in Spain

Lunes, 2 Abril 2012

   

HOLY WEEK IN SPAIN

Semana Santa

Spain celebrates Easter Week much more than most European countries. During the whole of Semana Santa, (Holy Week), street processions are organised in most Spanish towns each evening, from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday.

People carry statues of saints around on floats or wooden platforms and the Easter week processions end with Easter Sunday, a day full of light and colour when church and cathedral bells are heard ringing throughout the country.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          

In some of the processions, marchers wear clothes reminiscent of the klu klux klan. In fact their clothes are meant to depict the “Nazarenos”, people from Nazareth. The religious fraternities and brotherhoods are responsible for carrying the statues and organising the penitents and musicians. The “Nazarenos” follow the people who carry the floats bearing sculptures and models of biblical scenes.

                                                                                                                          

The people who carry the weight of the floats are called “costaleros” and are expected to carry these “thrones” with solemnity and grace. They use a small cushion, “costal” to protect themselves from getting sores from the wood rubbing against their skin during the long processions.  

                                                                                                                                                                                

  

  

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