Semana Santa Sevilla posted: 2017-04-12 10:59:00
Semana Santa in Sevilla is one of the city's biggest festivals that is held each year. Although Semana Santa is celebrated all over Spain on the week running up to Easter, in Sevilla, it has been celebrated since the late Middle Ages.
The week long festival is a series of processions of pasos (floats) depicting not only scenes from the sorrowful Mystery of the Rosary which are related to the crucifixion of Christ but they also have images of the Virgin Mary grieving for her son. These pasos are made from wood, wax and wire and are carried around the city for up to 14 hours. There are over 60 such pasos that are made and cared for by religious brotherhoods. Each religious brotherhood has their own route from their church to the main Cathedral and back to their church. It can take anywhere from 24 to 54 men to carry the pasos. In Sevilla what makes this procession unique from other towns and cities is that many of the pasos have long curtains that cover the men carrying the paso leaving them to rely on one man to guide them by talking or sometimes with a ceremonial hammer.
Walking in front of the pasos you will see members of the brotherhoods dressed in penitential robes with capirotes which are tall, pointed hoods with eye-holes. The capirotes are worn so the faithful could repent in anonymity and not be recognised as self-confessed sinners. Coming behind these men will usually be children dressed in vestments and behind them comes the actual pasos which in turn is followed by a band if there is one. Another group of repenters then follow but they do not wear the pointed hoods and usually are carrying wooden crosses. There can be up to three of these processions for one religious brotherhood which means for one religious brotherhood their procession could have any where from a few hundred to 3,000 participants. These processions are held every day from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. The biggest day however is on the eve of Holy Thursday when the procession will start out so that it will arrive at the Cathedral on the dawn of Good Friday.
If you plan on walking part of the Via de la Plata then why not do this at Easter so that you can see these wonderful processions that are full of colour. This will be a busy time in Sevilla so make sure to plan this well ahead so that we can secure for you the best accommodation available. If you attend the procession be sure to respect that this is a holy procession and so dress appropriately. Many locals will dress in their best as if they were attending mass. A definite must try in regards to food is torrijas, which is similar to french toast made with honey, eggs and white wine.
Find out more here on the walk from Sevilla to Monesterio, the first section of the long Via de la Plata.
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