This week is especially important in Seville for Religion, tradition and culture. The mellow vibe in the streets, the respectful behavior of its followers and the very unique features of this event makes it, sometimes, a highly criticized one. You simply have to come over and get involved in all the issue to really appreciate what is it about by yourself.
The Christian celebrations are pretty much the same everywhere: Palm Sunday opening the week and Thursday-Friday as the main dates of Christ passion and death. The week closes up on Resurrection Sunday.
The Processions mark the difference in Seville as they are the real protagonists for which the sevillanos work almost 6 months ahead for having every detail ready. Families work and enjoy the preparations and the celebration of Easter making a whole social event out of it. Every procession consist normally of two “Pasos” (wagons) carried by strong men in groups of 30-40. The pasos are followed by penitents and nazarenos which make a little symbolic pilgrimage. The core events in Semana Santa are the processions of the brotherhoods, known as estación de penitencia(stations of penance), from their home church to the Cathedral of Seville and back. The last section of the itinerary before arriving to the Cathedral is common to all brotherhoods and is called the Carrera Oficial. By means of mandatory path for every brotherhood to be covered. It is actually the most crowded and laureate. But, if you really want to feel the local vibe and pure authentic adoration you may get lost among the narrow city centre streets for real contact.
Watch a little sample of this salutation ceremony when every brotherhood encounters another church on their way.
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Even in the video you can feel the admiration and respect showed by the spectators. It is a huge live performance in the streets during the 8 days of duration. Some people get so trapped by the movement and the music that they cannot avoid follow the paso till the end of its itinerary. Jaw-dropping episodes can occur at any turn or moment.
I could be telling you many stories and explanations about Easter in Seville but, instead, I’d better invite you to join us in this week (or following editions). We will more than glad to show you the secrets and highlights of this passionate and matchless event in the old city.
Learning about this will definitely help you to understand everything about Spain, its language and culture.
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