Semana Santa Processions

Semana Santa, and the village band has dusted off the drums for the first of the year’s many, many processions. Like most, Friday’s procession of the Virgen de los Dolores began in the plaza at 10pm, and involved a circuit up the street at the back, and down the street at the front. I think it’s fair to say the band is rusty.

The Virgen de los Dolores will have five more outings between now and Easter Sunday, born aloft among lilies and candles on her glittering silver float by costaleros who – given the steps and inclines – make regular pauses while the nun sings saetas through a megaphone. The shadow of the caped Virgin on the white walls can look quite menacing as she lurches past.

I’d gone home to fetch a jumper when I filmed this; the processions are the usual local mix of solemn and sociable, and sacred and funny – except the silent ones of course, and best followed on foot.  Semana Santa is huge across Spain, but particularly in Andalucia, and, specifically in Seville (where there are 60 or so processions) and Cádiz (where you should find a spot along the route from Plaza de Candelaria, Calle Montañés, Plaza del Palillero, Calle Novena and Calle Ancha and stay there until Easter Sunday. Moving, less overwhelming, and with easier parking, there are extraordinary processions taking place in local villages. Being biased, I would say processions through the white villages of the Sierra de Cadiz, are not to be missed.

Dates for your diary, Zahara de la Sierra

Miércoles Santo, 16 de Abril: 22:00 Estación de Penitencia de Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno. Itinerario: Plaza del Rey, C/Manchega, Avda. Andalucía, Boquete San Juan, Plaza San Juan, C/Ronda, C/Alta, Plaza del Rey, y a su Templo.

Jueves Santo, 17 de Abril: 20:30 Procesión presidida por el Santísimo Cristo de la Vera Cruz. Itinerario: Plaza San Juan, C/Ronda, C/Nueva, C/Barrero, Avda. Andalucía, C/Manchega, Plaza del Rey, C/San Juan y Plaza San Juan.

Viernes Santo, 18 de Abril: 20:00 Estación de Penitencia del Santo Entierro de Cristo, San Juan Evangelista y Nuestra Señora de los Dolores. Itinerario: Plaza del Rey, C/Manchega, Avda. Andalucía, Boquete San Juan, Plaza San Juan, C/Ronda, C/Alta, Plaza del Rey y Parroquia.

Domingo de Resurrección, 20 de Abril: 12:00 [mass followed by] procesión del Cristo de la Sagrada Resurrección y Nuestra Señora de los Dolores en sus Misterios Gloriosos. Itinerario: Plaza del Rey,C/Manchega, C/Barrero, C/Nueva, C/ Ronda, Plaza San Juan, C/San Juan, Plaza del Rey y Parroquia. O bien Plaza del Rey, C/Manchega, C/Barrero, C/Nueva, C/Alta, C/San Juan, Plaza San Juan y Ermita.


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