By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Holy Week in Spain

The distinctive cloaks and hoods (capirotes) o...
The distinctive cloaks and hoods (capirotes) of Spanish Holy Week processions. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Procesión de semana santa en Santiago de compo...
Procesión de semana santa en Santiago de compostela (Galicia - Spain) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
After Jerusalem and Rome, the place to watch during Holy Week or Semana Santa is Spain with its many medieval processions. Even in very terrible economic times, Spaniards are still sacrificing to finance their processions as this N.Y. Times story shows. Why do they do it? In the article, one elderly retiree of humble circumstances says: “I consider the Virgin to be like my mother.”

For interesting photos of the various festivals, see this link and this link. Even the actor Antonio Banderas participates (see link). The most interesting new photo I have seen is of a unique medieval procession in the Catalonian region of Spain in which figures of death carrying scythes seem to dance in procession. The scythes are labelled: "Nemini Parco," which, in Latin, means "I spare no one." Very true.

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