Inland Lifestyle

Semana Santa

Semana Santa in Andalusia is a week full of color, art, religious fervor, and great processions. It is an event that literally transforms the Andalucian towns and cities across this region. Malaga and Seville host the most impressive processions and parades, many of which have been preserved since the Middle Ages.


Every region of Spain celebrates Semana Santa in a special way. However, Holy Week processions are a common element. The participant parading the streets from their local churches to the main cathedral are called “nazarenos”. Every parade carries a large cross and colorful float called “pasos” and often topped with statues of Jesus and the Virgin Mary. Nazarenos are accompanied by marching bands who play solemn music. And all participants wear “capirote” capes that completely hide their faces and loose robes, which is a dress typical for sinners seeking penance.


The festivities in Spain begin on Palm Sunday (Domingo de Ramos) and last until Easter Monday (Lunes de Pascua), with the most massive parades held on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.

It is a great time to come to Andalucia if you want to imbibe some deeply held traditions that have less to do with religion than with social groupings and rituals.