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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Semana Santa en Sevilla

Semana Santa (Holy Week) is one of the most spectacular events that take in the city of Sevilla. Despite the obvious religious implications of this celebration, you really do not need to be a devote Catholic to enjoy it.
The tradition of carrying  floats (pasos) representing the passion and death of Jesus Christ dates back to the late Middle Ages (around 1350).

You have to belong to a brotherhood to be able to march with the images in an outfit that for Americans may seem infamous (to say the least), but which precedes by centuries that hateful organization and has nothing to do with it.

Myriads of people accompany the images of Jesus Christ and the Virgin (each one has a  different name, but they all represent the same Virgin Mary).

The newspaper Diario de Sevilla makes a comprehensive coverage of the event.


  1. It is actually happening now, until Easter. If you click on this newspaper you may see live broadcast of the "procesiones". Tomorrow if you check after 7 or 8 in the evening you'll be able to see what is called "la madrugá", which is the most spectacular part of the Semana Santa.

  2. Sorry, the newspaper web site is , you can find it under newspapers in the right hand side of the blog.

  3. Unfortunately, this has been the worst "Semana Santa" in 80 years due to the weather inclemences!