Semana Santa in Spain

By Erin R, March 2013

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During the last week of Lent, just before Easter, Catholic brotherhoods in cities around Spain prepare for the ultimate religious event: Semana Santa, or Holy Week.

On each day of this sacred week, from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, processions of people traverse cities across Spain, typically from a town church to its cathedral. To foreigners, the men’s outfits tend to be the most curious element of the tradition. These penitential robes consist of a tunic and a conical-shaped hood, and, depending on the brotherhood, may come in different colors ranging from kelly green to royal purple and, well, white. This costume tradition dates back to medieval times when those in the procession wished to mask their identity while demonstrating their penance.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our Spain Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Spain.

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