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6 things you need to know about the Holy Week

For centuries it has been the most important religious and popular festival. That is why it has become one of the main tourist and cultural attractions of Andalusia. But if you want to know the most important things about Holy Week please read this post.

The first thing you have to know is What is a procession?

Because it is obvious that the highlight of Easter is the PROCESSIONS, which are held throughout the week. From Palm Sunday to the most spectacular Sunday are Holy Thursday. The most important and spectacular are those of Good Thursday and Good Friday.

But it is exactly a procession, because a procession is a religious parade in which wooden sculptures represent the most important moments of the Passion and Death of Jesus.

Who prepares the processions?

The processions are organised by the brotherhoods and brotherhoods: the brotherhoods have their origin in medieval guilds and are religious associations.

In each city or town, Holy Week has particularities that distinguish it from the rest.

What is a penitent or Nazarene?

The Nazarenes are the people of a brotherhood and are part of the procession. They also wear tunics with the distinctive of the brotherhood and cover their heads with hoods: high conical caps.

The origin of this curious garment is in the “sambenito” that the condemned by the Inquisition had to carry,

Where are the processional images placed?

The images are mounted in thrones or steps. The thrones are bigger and more spectacular. But with the same function. The steps or thrones are the platforms where the sculptures that represent the most significant moments of the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus are placed.

It is worn by the costaleros who are brothers and sisters who sometimes carry their weight on their necks and other times on their shoulders. Each person bears, for several hours, about 30 or 40 kilos of weight.

Music and silence

Typical Easter music in Malaga

Although some processions are characterized by silence. All of them are accompanied at least by the drums. And in most cases the music is a very important component. The sound of trumpets and drums is one of the most characteristic of Holy Week.

Some processional marches are La Madrugá, Hossanna in Excelsis and La Saeta, a classic of Holy Week. In addition, in Andalusia the “saetas” are very popular: a brief flamenco song that is sung in step with the images, usually from a balcony. When a person begins to sing an arrow, the step stops and a moment of great emotion is produced.

Typical Easter Gastronomy

Christians have an obligation not to eat meat during Lent and Holy Week. What is called the Vigil. That is why a great variety of very appetizing recipes have been created. Some of the most characteristic are:

  •  Bacalao: it is prepared in different ways, although one of the most popular is the “Bacalao al ajo arriero”.
  • Potaje de Cuaresma” is made with cod, chickpeas and spinach.

And the typical sweets:

  • Torrijas
  • Doughnuts.
  • Pestiños.

And all this you can discover traveling through Andalusia with your rented car from Malaga International Airport.

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