Semana Santa began over 500 years ago in Andalucia as a way for common people to understand the Passion of the Christ. To showcase the story, massive wooden floats are created – a labor that starts early in the year – with statues depicting Christ, Mary, and a number of saints. The heavy floats are carried by 25 to 50 men through the streets in somber processions amid thousands of onlookers. The festivities begin on the Thursday evening before Easter and continue through Sunday. The best places to see the processions are the cities of Seville and Malaga. If you’re planning to join in the festivities, particularly in Seville, there are a few things you should keep in mind. [Read more…]
Spain is a country full of colorful history, passionate people, and incredible food. Each region has its stereotypes, typical foods, and religious views. The predominant religion is Catholicism, with at least 70% of the population self-identifying as such. In many of the northern regions, religion is practically nonexistent as most people have shunned their Catholic roots, but in the south, religious traditions are still sacred. In the southern autonomous community of Andalucia, these traditions are so well-preserved that visitors from around Spain and the world descend upon the region to observe the festivities of Holy Week, known in Spanish as Semana Santa.