Semana Santa or Holy Week in Spain

Semana Santa or Holy Week falls on Sunday 14th of April until Sunday 21st of April 2019

Semana Santa 2019. Semana Santa or Holy Week in Spain 2019
Parading Penitents: Semana Santa in Spain 2019

Holy Week in Spain is the annual tribute of the Passion of Jesus Christ celebrated by Catholic religious brotherhoods (Spanish: cofradía) and fraternities that perform penance processions on the streets of almost every Spanish city and town during the last week of Lent, the week immediately before Easter.

Semana Santa runs from Palm Sunday (Domingo de Ramos) to Easter Sunday (Domingo de Pascua), but since students (and some workers) enjoy a two-week break at this time, the full week preceding Easter as well as the following week comprise the Semana Santa holiday. The date of Easter changes from year to year.

No Easter Eggs for Semana Santa?

While chocolate Easter eggs are becoming more and more popular, they are not traditionally a big part of Easter celebrations in Spain. But that’s not to say Spaniards don’t have special sweet treats for Holy Week; Pestiños are little pastries popular throughout Spain, but especially in Andalusia.

Semana Santa is a great occasion and is very spectacular. No matter where you watch it, village or large city, there is a great sense of occasion.

Villanueva del Trabuco, like all other places, has their own parades. Our Cofradia or Brotherhood turn out in force and great style. The parades are beautiful and sombre. The people of the village turn out in force, dressed in their best. The penitents and Cofradia are dressed in Purple as they carry the two massive plinths around the village.

The Village band play along with the parading statues to enhance the sense of occasion. The local children, along with adults, follow the parades around the town.

It is a great time to be in the village of Trabuco. I hope you visit and enjoy the parades.

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