Comment from Seville Expert: Marta
Holy Week in Seville (this year April 17th-24th) is the celebration of the passion and death of Christ through the brotherhood processions to the Cathedral. Besides the religious aspects, Holy Week in Seville is a phenomenon of socio-cultural, economic and tourist highlight the city, it has been declared of international tourist interest and is one of the main spring festivals in Seville along with the April Fair.
Throughout the week there are a total of 58 processions, about 8 each day through the streets of the city in the afternoons and evenings. Also late Thursday to Good Friday there are the most famous night processions of all: the Virgin of Macarena* (not the dance!), La Esperanza de Triana, the Gran Poder ...
From their respective churches are all directed to the Cathedral, then they will go back to their temples. In this way use within 4 hours and 14 hours. The escultures are accompanied by hundreds of penitents (Nazarenos) sometimes thousands (the Macarena and the Gran Poder over 2000) and by an audience that continues to grow year after year. More than 1 million people, locals and visitors go to see the processions.
Religious images on structures (pasos) of nearly two tons of weight are carried on the shoulders of a group of men (40 to 50) led by a foreman. It's particularly nice to see them turn in the narrow streets of downtown Seville accompanied by bands of music.
Since 1997, women can participate in most of the processions. Some who nevertheless did not allow, from this year will have to do it. All fraternities may have in their ranks by decree of the Archbishop of Seville.
Reply by Seville Expert: Marta, Spain, June 2011
I like your photos it really shows the festivities!