Easter Week. 17th – 21th April 2014
Easter Week 2014
With the arrival of spring comes Easter week. It has centuries of history behind it and is one of Spain's most authentic and emotive celebrations. The streets of the vast majority of Spain's cities, towns and villages become the stage for religious fervour and devotion, combining grief and meditation in memory of Christ's death. Music, art and colour come together in magical processions - solemn parades in which crowds of people accompany religious images on their route through the towns. Discover the silence and austerity of Easter week in Castile-León, in the processions of León, Zamora, Salamanca and Valladolid. Their sober atmosphere is only broken by the sound of the trumpets and drums that accompany the religious figures as they pass. The pinnacle of the Easter week in Hellín (Albacete province) is the Tamborada (drum-playing), when up to 20,000 drums start playing. Feel the echo of the bugles that accompany the processions through the streets of Cuenca; enjoy the colour and cheer of thousands of waving palm leaves in the Elche procession; take part in the huge Andalusian processions, especially those of Granada, Málaga and, above all, Seville, a city that lives these days of religious fervour with all its spirit. The Maritime Holy Week takes place in one of the most emblematic districts of the city of Valencia, El Martim and is a unique Mediterranean festivity during Holy Week in Spain, dating back to the 15th century. This celebration which originated with just a few fishermen and sailors is now a big celebration in Valencia with many parades and processions through the week. The main event is the Sacred Burial, a procession incorporating all the corporations and brotherhoods with their floats and images, ordered chronologically according to the passion of Christ. A peculiar tradition is the "trencà perols", at midnight on Easter Saturday, when people throw old pots, tableware and water from their windows and balconies, in stark contract with traditional Catholic Easter liturgies. For more information visit www.visitvalencia.com Murcia´s region Holy Week offers a suggestive mixture of passion, colour and religious fervour. Experience its spectacular parades and enjoy its baroque imagery, the richness of its thrones and the floral profusion of its floats, bathed by the Mediterranean sun. Each city and village experience in a special way this popular expression, in which different Brotherhoods go through the streets in order to perform the episode of Christ's passion, death and resurrection. A centuries-old tradition that takes place every year, each year being more intense than the previous one. The fact that Murcia's Holy Week, Cartagena's Holy Week and Lorca's Holy Week have been declared to be of International Tourist Interest, and that Jumilla's, Mula's and Cieza's have been declared to be of National Tourist Interest, turns the region's Holy Week into a prestigious one. Each place offers a particular characteristic that makes it be unique: meditation and martialism in Cartagena, spectacular big performances in Lorca, historical rigour in Jumilla, the tamborada -celebration with drums- in Mula and the beauty of Salzillo's sculptures going through the streets in the city of Murcia. Murcia presents the processions, from the simple ones to the monumental ones, to show you the real strong feeling of the Passion with passion. The city of Lorca is a great example to get to know the Holy Week atmosphere: Lorca Holy Week was declared a Festival of International Tourist Interest in 2007 and its origin dates back centuries ago but what changes the concept of a Holy Week procession is its staging and originality turning it into an experience no one should miss. This splendid religious festivals stands out not only for the deep devotion to the Virgin Mary and her relationship with the Holy Week Brotherhoods ("Virgen de la Amargura patron saint of the White Brotherhood, and the "Virgen de los Dolores" patron saint of the Blue Brotherhood) but also for its horses riding events, handmade silk and gold embroidery and last, but not least, for the rivalry between its two main brotherhoods known as "Blue Paso" and "White Paso". The handmade silk and gold embroidery on show during this festivity is unique, to the point that some of its pieces have received Spain's first textile "Goods of Cultural Interest" label. It is a hundred-year-old tradition carried out by experienced embroiderers and artistic directors who take responsibility for embroidering the different bible passages.