The Easter Week commemorations in this town are particularly famous for the magnificent floral decorations adorning the religious statues. In Cartagena there is a marked 'rivalry' between the two main religious brotherhoods, the marrajos and the californios. The origins of the first brotherhood dates back to the beginning of the 17th century –they can be recognised by their purple robes–, while the second was founded in 1747, and wears red.
The processions take place over ten days and have some unique features, such as the lavish floral decorations on the 'pasos' (the floats bearing the religious images) and the fact that the story of Christ's Passion is represented in chronological order. The penitents are also unusual: most of them are children, with their faces uncovered, and they distribute mementos of the different brotherhoods and sweets among the crowd. Almost all the processions take place at night, and most start and finish at the church of Santa María de Gracia.