Semana Santa in Spain

Semana Santa is a very important week in Spain. Even more import than Christmas.
The Semana Santa is the holy week before Eastern.

Semana Santa
Semana Santa

When is Semana Santa ?

Spain is very famous for numerous processions and events during the Semana Santa.
The Semana Santa is the Holy week in Spain.
The Holy week in Christianity, is the last week before Easter .
The Holy week includes religious holidays of Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

Religious festival

Semana Santa
Semana Santa

Spanish people are very religious.  So for Spain the last week of the life of Jesus Christ is very important.
Processions are especially spectacular. And when you are in Spain ,

it is worth to see one.

Nazareno, Trono, Seata  and Romans

Some of the people participating wear the Nazareno , the penitential robe of medieval origin.
They walk in the processions as a sort of penitence.

In other Spanish city’s , the participants  they wear the uniforms similar as the Romans . It is a part of the history of Spain.

Processions are organized throughout the Semana Santa. Certainly the most spectacular are those on Good Friday.

One another element is the throne of trono.
It is a kind of platform, with many ornaments and flowers. Each brotherhood of a church in the city has one. 

The trono is very heavy.  Some with a weight of more than 4000 kilograms.
On the throne there are sculptures with the scenes from the Passion. Passion means the suffering of Jesus Christ before and during the Crucifixion.

Drums and trumpets

Nearly always the procession are accompanied by music. Mostly drums and trumpets.
In some processions  you can hear singing.
This singing of seata is a very old traditional Spanish song.

So, hundreds of local people are gather and watch the processions of Semana Santa .
Mostly to applaud for their own brotherhoods.

But lately , more and more tourist come to the processions .
So it become a point of national tourist interest  in Spain. Like in Sevilla or Malaga or Lorca or Cartagena.
Where thousands are gathered to see the processions of the Holy week .

What is a palm ornament ?

Many family in Spain are really artisans . The weave the traditional palm leaves for the Easter celebration.
The most of them who make this ornaments, start already  working in december. 

It is really  a unique ancestral tradition, who goes from mother to child. They pass it to the next generation.

It is a part of the Spanish culture. They use a white palm, and it is a protected sort of palm tree .

On Palm Sunday, you can see thousands of this white palms. Of course thanks to the work of this family artisans.

Stalls selling the while palms are mostly situated nearby the church but also on the local market  the days before Eastern.

Romans in the Easter parade

In some processions in the south of Spain , you can see Romans. For example in Cartagena and Orihuela .

Read more about this on our webpage Romans at the Semana Santa .



To conclude

The Semana Santa parade are an authentic unique Spanish event. Even when you are not a religious is really worth a  visit.

They are more than a religious event. There are an exceptional cultural event and a part of the Spanish heritage.