Semana Santa (Holy Week – Easter)
This is considered by many to be the most important of all Spains’s religious festivals and is epitomised by the impressive processions of brotherhoods of robed men carrying huge sculptures depicting the Virgin, Christ or other religious icons and symbols of the Catholic faith. Processions can be found in most towns in Spain.
The Passion of Christ or Easter Week, known in Spain as Semana Santa begins with the Domingo de Ramos (Palm Sunday) and ends with Lunes de Pascua (Easter Monday).
It is a celebration of life itself and the whole country takes part. The processions can go on for miles and will not stop until the early hours of the morning, every night through the Easter week. For some it is a festival filled with fun, for others a spiritual week that encompasses ritual and reflection.
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