Tuesday, 13 November 2018
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Celebrating Easter’s Holy Week in Spain: Semana Santa Madrid

The Spanish celebrate Easter with their ‘Semana Santa’, the Holy Week. The country’s capital Madrid will have music and processions throughout the city.

Holy Week in Spain is the annual tribute of the Passion of Jesus Christ celebrated by Catholic religious brotherhoods 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.

Thousands of people come to the city to attend the different processions that run through the streets of Madrid. The atmosphere created by the drums and trumpets and colourful costumes are some of the hallmarks of the Holy Week in Spain.

A common feature in Spain is the almost general usage of the nazareno or penitential robe for some of the participants in the processions. This garment consists of a tunic, a hood with conical tip used to conceal the face of the wearer, and sometimes a cloak. The exact colors and forms of these robes depend on the particular procession. The robes were widely used in the medieval period for penitents, who could demonstrate their penance while still masking their identity.

As part of the celebration that represents the mysteries of the salvation of Jesus of Nazareth, Madrid commemorates his passion and death. While churches and basilicas program concerts of sacred music, the best restaurants and pastry shops of the city offer typical Easter dishes.

Semana Santa represents a good opportunity to enjoy a truly Spanish party with friends at the end of the day, a moment of conviviality that makes you want to definitely participate in next year’s feast!

From Sunday 25 March to Saturday 31 March 2018