Photos from the Holy week in Spain : la Semana Santa

Flow of event and pictures from the processions during Good Friday 2008

- first, the so called brotherhoods (cofradías) arrive from surrounding villages (ca. 8 pm)

- a ceremony takes place in the church as the statue of Jesus is taken down from the cross and laid down onto a float (paso)

- the cofradías walk out of the church one by one, while a brass band is playing, and walk around the village streets

- the paso with the statue of Jesus follows the many cofradías, with the brass band closing the procession. Local people stand on the pavement and then follow behind the brass band

- the procession goes back into the church where the statue of Jesus is laid into a coffin, thus closing the reconstitution of the death of Jesus.

See more photos of celebrations from other countries

mallorca semana santa

A group of penitents arrives from a nearby village,
walking towards the church to the sound of a hooded drummer


easter mallorca

A confraternity (cofradía) walks out of the church, following their banner


semana santa penitents

Penitents wear a "nazareno" or penitential robe and a hood with conical tip called "capirote".
The hood hides their face so that they can demonstrate their penance while still masking their identity


cofradía semana santa

Each confraternity (cofradía) wears a different colour.
This dress may remind you of the Ku Klux Klan, but its origins date from medieval times,
and the Ku Klux Klan, ironically anti-religious, copied the style.


Nazarenos semana santa

The "Nazarenos" carry processional candles


easter penance chains

Some penitents walk bare-foot or carry shackles and chains on their feet as penance


paso maria

A paso with Mary is carried out of the church. In larger
cities, pasos may be much more elaborate than in Soller.





  Photos from Spain

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