Holy week

On March 1, 2012, in Holy week, by S.J.H.

Easter will soon be here a very special time of year throughout Spain in its cities and villages the easter celebrations are shared by young, old natives and visitors.

If you are travelling to Malaga during Easter make sure you take in the sights of some of the procesions and celebrations whilst you are here, the center of Malaga will give you an ambience you will rarely experience. This is not just for catholics or the religious, it is an experience never to be forgotten. I have over my years in Spain takem family and friends to events during the holy week and non have been failed to be moved by them whether that has been religiously or quite simply impressed by the scale at which Easter is celebrated here.

Brotherhoods and associations prepare diligently for the celebrations which are particulary special in Malaga, floats are housed in special buildings  as they are too large to be kept in the churches they are too high to pass through most of the churches doors.The floats vary in size but all are large and carried round the city on the shoulders men for hours.These traditions date back to the catholic monarchs and brotherhoods have thier own processional artifacts most of which is made of precious metals and very valuable. Particpants in the processions wear special robes and some are covered by masks which are rendant of the klu klux klan however these participants are the ‘nazarenos’ or the people of Nazareth who cover thier faces in shame.

 

Holy week in Malaga center is a fusion of sights and sounds some processions are silent but mostly you will hear ‘saetas’ flamenco songs and applause from the appreciative spectators of these wonderful floats depiciting the easter story. The smell of incense candles and the hundreds of flowers abound, and the streets are full of thousands of people, spectators participants and penitents alike, Easter week is a tradition not to be missed and a very important part of Spain’s culture. It is wise to check for infromation with the local authorities of times and routes of the procesions to take best advantage of this wonderful reason to visit Malaga at this time of year.

 

 

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