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Wow! Holy Week Procession in Seville, Spain
The pictures here are from Holy Week in Seville, Spain compliments of RV - Roberto Villarrica of fotoscofrades.blogspot.com This link will take you to the specific photo category (for hundreds more pics) http://fotoscofrades.blogspot.com/search/label/Semana Santa?max-results=100 Holy Week in Seville (Semana Santa de Sevilla) is one of the most important traditional events of the city. It is celebrated in the week leading up to Easter (Holy Week among Catholics), and is one of the better known religious events within Spain. The week features the procession of pasos, floats of lifelike wooden sculptures of individual scenes of the events of the Passion, or images of the Virgin Mary showing restrained grief for the torture and killing of her son. Some of the sculptures are of great antiquity and are considered artistic masterpieces. The processions are organised by hermandades and cofradÃas, religious brotherhoods. During the processions, members precede the pasos (of which there are up to three in each procession) dressed in penitential robes, and, with few exceptions, hoods. The hooded brotherhood members have no relation to the USA's awful KKK. The processions work along a designated route from their home churches and chapels to the Cathedral, usually via a central viewing area and back. The processions from the suburban barrios may take 14 hours to return to their home churches. As of 2009, a total of 60 processions are scheduled for the week, from Palm Sunday through to Easter Sunday morning. The climax of the week is the night of Holy Thursday, when the most popular processions set out to arrive at the Cathedral on the dawn of Good Friday, known as the madrugÃ¡.