Semana Santa or Holy Week in Málaga is one of the most famous in Andalucia. It is renowned as the city that puts on one of the most impressive celebrations in Spain and indeed, it is recognised throughout the world in doing so.

Although the lead up commences on the Friday before, Palm Sunday is the recognised start of this magnificent occasion. This day commemorates the entrance of Christ into Jerusalem when palm branches were placed before him on his way before being arrested and then crucified.

Good Friday is the day when the death of Jesus Christ on the cross is remembered and sanctified. It also signifies the commencement of the end of holy week. Easter Sunday in the Christian church, is the most important day in the calendar of remembrance. For this is the time that Jesus Christ rose from the dead and ascended to heaven.

Throughout the week, from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, huge parades take place with centrepieces of great thrones carried by people who are proud to be chosen to do so. The thrones represent religious images and stir up the passions of believers and anyone that experiences one of the most spectacular and emotional celebrations to be seen anywhere.

During the week the whole of Málaga celebrates. With the most memorable happenings that include the continuous deep sound of the drums and the smell of incense. For the most part, this symbolisation of Christ’s departure from this world and resurrection is celebrated, not with silence and mourning but with a passion that can only happen in Andalucia.

Some of these processions are so huge that certain of the thrones cannot be housed in the church. A number of these can weigh over 5000 kg, which is why so many bearers are needed to carry them. Each of the bearers normally wears a Mantle that serves to cover them and occasionally a headdress. Following each parade, a band normally accompanies it with many people from the different guilds of Malaga in attendance. Additionally, there are the hordes of people, sometimes in their hundreds, who follow a particular throne in order to fulfil a vow or as penance.

The processions wind their way through the centre of the city with the main activity taking place in the Alameda Principal. Tourists and sightseers in their thousands all contribute to making this the most memorable occasion. Favourite sons of Malaga return to join in, including the Málaga born actor Antonio Bandero, who makes a huge effort to spend Semana Santa in the city and where he leads the procession of Virgin de las Lágrimas y Favores (Virgen of Tears and Favours). Here and there, the parades can come to a standstill in front of a balcony where someone is singing a typical song of Easter with all the passion this entails.

There are numerous processions throughout Holy Week happening during the day as well as night time. Each celebrating their appointed message on Palm Sunday, Holy Monday, Holy Tuesday, Holy Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Be sure to come along and experience this wonderful passionate celebration. It will remain with you for the rest of your life. If for any reason the visit is not possible then the Málaga Holy Week Museum is open all year round and displays the processional robes and thrones featured during Semana Santa along with the music and art that exemplify the occasion.

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