domingo, 29 de marzo de 2015


Palm Sunday marks the start of Holy Week. It reminds Christians of the journey Jesus made into Jerusalem on a donkey. Jesus was going there to celebrate the Jewish festival of Passover (Pesach). Jesus chose a donkey to show that he had come in peace. On that day many people welcomed Jesus by shouting, waving palm branches and throwing branches down in the path of the donkey. They hoped that Jesus was the Saviour who the Bible had promised.

Palm Sunday is both a happy and sad day. Christians are happy because they are singing praises to Jesus but also sad because they know Jesus died less than a week after his arrival in Jerusalem.

In churches on Palm Sunday Christians are given small palm crosses made from palm leaves. Left over palm crosses are kept to be burnt so that their ashes can be used in a special service on the first day of Lent (Ash Wednesday) the following year. This ash is put on people’s foreheads.

Seven Easter societies stage their processions of Málaga in Palm Sunday parading a total of twelve shoulder-borne floats or tronos. Excitement and colour are the watchwords on this first day of Holy Week of Málaga. 

The processions of this day are:


In the UK, we all change our clocks and watches by one hour, twice a year. Last Sunday in March We add an hour and go onto what is called British Summer Time (BST). Last Sunday in October We put our clocks back one hour and adhere to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). At 1 am (01:00) GMT on the last Sunday in March we move our clocks forward by one hour for the start of British Summer Time. Summer time is from the last Sunday in March until the last Sunday in October. 

 Why do we change our clocks?
We've been changing our clocks forwards and backwards in the UK since 1916. It's all to do with saving the hours of daylight, and was started by a man called William Willett, a London builder, who lived in Petts Wood in Kent (near our school). William Willett first proposed the idea of British Summer Time in 1907 in a pamphlet entitled 'The Waste of Daylight'. Willett had noticed that the summer mornings light was wasted while people slept, and that the time would be better utilised in the afternoon by putting the clocks forward. After campaigning for years the British Government finally adopted the system a year after Willett's 

 When do other countries change their clocks? 
 European Union - Most countries change their clocks on the last Sundays of March and October. North America and most of Canada on the second Sunday in March and the first Sunday in November. Egypt, Namibia and Tunisia are the only African countries who observe daylight saving. New Zealand and parts of Australia are the only countries in Oceania that currently put their clocks forwards and backward.


sábado, 28 de marzo de 2015




The city shows its most religious side in one of the most unusual representations of the death of Christ.

One of the first local events to be declared of International Touristic Interest, Holy Week in Malaga is a splendid and moving tribute to Christ's sacrifice, the highest point of which are the processions with their mixture of devotion, art, music and colour Members of the religious fraternities dress in ceremonial garb and walk in procession through the streets carrying religious statues to the sound of drums, inspiring outpourings of devotion and admiration in their wake.


Theme: Reenacting the Passion of Our Lord

Dates: Holy Week is the last week of Lent.  This year, Holy Week begins on 29 March  2015 and ends on 5 April 2015.

Colors: In most churches, the decorations are red to symbolize the blood of martyrdom. Some churches remove all decorations on Good Friday, veiling anything that can’t be removed in black. You can read more about color in worship.

Scripture Readings: The Revised Common Lectionary appoints Scripture readings for use in worship during Holy Week.

The East: In the Eastern Church, this is called the Great Week. They have the same celebrations, but the dates are different because they use the Julian Calendar to calculate Easter.

Special Days:
Palm Sunday (or Passion Sunday).
Holy Thursday (or Maundy Thursday).
Good Friday.
Holy Saturday
Easter Sunday


The celebration of Holy Week in our city took on its procession format with the Reconquest of the city by the Catholic Monarchs in 1487. The conversion of the inhabitants to Catholicism, together with the arrival of new inhabitants from Castile gave a new dimension, after centuries of Muslim influence, to the religious expression of the Malaga people. However, the Modern Age phenomenon that made the greatest mark on the future of the Brotherhoods was the Protestant Reform, the Council of Trent (16th century) and the later Catholic Counter-reform. The Catholic Church, in a clear endeavour to combat protestant doctrine, which they considered heresy, encouraged the new confessional current of worshipping sacred images. This seal of identity had, in turn, a dual intention: apart from serving as the distinctive mark of the Catholic creed, it was also used to catechise the people, given that most of them, unfortunately, could neither read nor write. Furthermore, together with the fact that only persons belonging to religious orders were allowed to interpret the Holy Scriptures, there was also the aspect of “an image saying more than a thousand words”.

Therefore, the Baroque period in Malaga was the time when new processional Brotherhoods were formed by the noble families of the city, linked both to new or existing fraternities. Naturally, the Holy Week in this period was totally different to that of today. All the processional “tronos” (hand carried platforms on which the images are mounted) left from their respective temples, as there were none of the “Brotherhood Houses” that appeared later on. The images were borne on rudimentary platforms, carried by 8 or 10 throne bearers, the cortege comprising the “Hermanos de Luz” (lit. brothers of light, i.e. those who carried the candles) and which would correspond to the “Nazarenes” that accompany the images in present day processions, and the “Hermanos de Sangre” (lit. brothers of blood), penitents who flagellated themselves during the whole procession, much to the fascinated horror of the public who gathered to watch this dismal display. Furthermore, let us not forget a characteristic that may today seem secondary (despite the fact that it is something that is being put into practice again with the niches for the brothers in Brotherhood chapels or temples): we refer to the Brotherhoods’ function as “burial societies”. Most of the brothers joined the Brotherhoods moved by the desire to obtain a holy place where their mortal remains could rest eternally, as well as an entity that would say the obligatory masses to pray for their errant soul as it searched purgatory for eternal celestial rest. Clearly, the fundamental characteristics of the Brotherhoods of the time not only included religious worship, but they also more mundane and practical aspects, such as ensuring a place to be buried.


One of the most bone-chilling experiences of Andalusia's Holy Week is hearing that broken voice, which, from the loneliness and the anonymity springs out, singing from the soul from on high to pray to the baroque images. The "saeta" (a style of religious music) has been able to find in flamenco a way of channeling its prayer. It is a way to get close to God. But this encounter is anything but casual it is already a prayer".

The saeta goes back to an uncertain moment in history as a popular canticle whose intention was to inspire devotion and penitence on the occasion of the Way of the Cross or canticle of the Lord's Passion. These sententious saetas or moral warnings were sung in the 18th century by the Brothers of the Rounds of Mortal Sins who patrolled the streets to encourage the faithful to be pious and to repent.
The birth of the popular saeta and the custom of people singing it to express their religious feelings dates, approximately, to the middle of the 19th century. This primitive saeta, which has now almost disappeared, was moving for its grave, deliberate, monotone intonation, which was simple in style and execution.

This song of faith, and flamenco, that other way of expressing the deepest sentiments, came together in the hearth of the common people at the start of the 20th century. The people's artistic expression gave form to the saeta, adapting it to its styles, flavoring it with flamenco.

These songs have been played, directing them to the images, without accompaniment, during the passing of the processions of Holy Week. The theme of these songs is, obviously, the Passion and the Death of Jesus Christ.




Located inside the former Hospital of San Julian, the Museo de la Semana Santa invites visitors to explore behind-the-scenes of a Holy Week procession in Málaga. There are several rooms showcasing processional robes and thrones, as well as fine art and music related to the Semana Santa. The exhibitions highlight the evolution of the Holy Week traditions and conclude with a video documentary. The museum also houses a large collection of the official publicity posters for Holy Week in Malaga and a room dedicated to presenting five centuries of religious brotherhoods (Cofradía) in Málaga with displays of objects and documents.
The museum is definitely worth a visit just to see the architecture of the building, including a courtyard framed by white marble columns and an elegant staircase leading to the top floor, as well as the beautiful Church of the Hospital of San Julián where visitors can gain an insight into the reality of life as part of a religious brotherhood.

The Holy Week Museum (Museo de la Semana Santa) is dedicated to the processions that occur in Malaga during Holy Week. This is the first museum of its kind in Andalusia. Malaga is known for its Holy Week processions and is one of the few cities in Spain where all the thrones are carried on the shoulders of men and women. Other cities use thrones that are on wheels, and these are pushed by men under the thrones, which of course is much easier that carrying the thrones on the shoulders of men. It should also be noted that Malaga has the largest thrones in Spain, many of them having to be carried by at least 300 men and women.

The first Holy Week processions in Malaga took place 500 years ago, in the 16th century. The processions were a popular expression of the Christian faith by the people who took part in them, and they still are today, an outpouring of religious emotions by the people who take part in them and by the spectators. The cofradias (brotherhoods) were the organizations that organized the processions. Today there are 42 cofradias in Malaga and they all cooperated in opening the museum as a group.

The themes explained in the museum are the origin and evaluation of the brotherhoods, the processional routes, the processional image, the making of the images, the dressing of the images, the sculpture and the music. One will find many sculptures, costumes, gold and silverware used in the processions, and a large silver throne that was dismantled to bring it to the second floor of the museum. There is also a large audio visual room where 66 persons can sit and watch videos of the processions. This museum is a wonderful museum to see and experience. All explanations in the museum are both in Spanish and English.



Poster of Holy Week Malaga 2015
Holy Week in Malaga, declared of special interest by the national tourist authorities, is particularly majestic and solemn. The atmosphere, in this first flush of Spring, is charged with  the smell of wax and lilies, mixed with the sound of drums and bugles which accompany the religious processions through the centre of the city.
During the week the different brohterhoods make their journey of penitence, accompanying the images of Christ and the Virgin. The floats on which they are mounted are grandiose, reaching a weight of up to six tons. Due to their size they are placed outside the temples to transport the images on the day of the procession. The have poles along the outside and the "hombres de trono" (or "throne men" who carry the sculptures) walk in view of the public. One of the most emotional moments is that of the unaided lifting of the float by the throne men, which is repeated at various points along the procession. The throne men lift the float by extending their arms and then swaying the images for several moments. You may well hear the spontaneous singing of a "saeta" directed at one of the images which makes you stop to savour this sacred song.


The Holy Week is among the many activities in the Christian calendar and is one of the most celebrated by Catholics and Protestants. Christian nations all over the world unite during this time, each with their own unique way of celebrating Christ’s death and resurrection. Earliest catholic reference as
to the celebration and observance of the Holy Week are found in the Apostolical Constitutions in the latter half of the 3rd and 4th century. Here, it is stated that abstinence from flesh is necessary, particularly on the Friday and Sunday of the week. Dionysius Alexandrinus wrote in his canonical epistle the 91 days of fasting, and also implied that the observance had already taken place in his time.
The celebration of the Holy Week varies within church traditions. Some would focus only on the last week of Jesus’ life; some celebrates on a wider scope the Passion of The Christ. The ways of celebrating vary from the usual liturgical services, home visits, novenas and inspirational talks. Within the walls of catholic custom, the week is concluded during the Easter Triduum, or a three day span supplementary to a church festival dedicated to prayers and other observance. It usually begins Thursday evening until Easter Sunday.
Holy Week starts with Sunday to commemorate Christ’s Passion. In Roman Rite, it simply known as Palm Sunday sometime before 1955. In the successive years, it was called Second Sunday in Passiontide.
Easter Sunday marks as the culmination not only of the Holy Week but also of the whole year and is considered the most important day of the church year and celebrates the resurrection of the Christ Jesus.



Easter is one  of the most important celebrations for Christians around the world. The very  idea of Christianity is that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was crucified and  buried on Good Friday, three days (by sun up and sun down standards) before  Easter Sunday. Easter can refer to Easter Sunday, the specific day. However,  sometimes it can also refer to the period of time before Pentecost. This period  of time was traditionally forty days, but it was changed to fifty days after  some time.
The life of Jesus in Israel  is one marked by greatness and love. His mission was to spread love, compassion, truth, and salvation for people. Those who believed his message  often became followers of Jesus and his disciples. Unfortunately, approximately  thirty-three years after Jesus was born, he was killed by the government and  buried. After three days, according to the sun’s rising and setting, Jesus was  resurrected and walked among the people for a short period of time. It is this  event which makes Christianity different than other religions and faiths. The  fact that Jesus came back to life brings salvation from the populations from  sin and suffering.
It is these events which  have become the basis for the Christian side of celebration of Easter. On this  day, most Christians attend church and partake in certain traditions. One of  these traditions is the taking of Communion. This tradition involves consuming  a small piece of bread and a small vile of wine or grape juice. The bread is  meant to stand for the body of Christ which was sacrificed on Good Friday. The  wine or juice represents the blood of Christ as it pertains to the events of  Good Friday.
Obviously, the events of  Good Friday do not seem to instantly appear to be good at all as one of the  great religious leaders of the world was killed by an unfair government.  However, from the Christian perspective, the life of Christ ending equates to  the salvation of millions of people. Thus, this day, which had many bad events  on it, became known as Good Friday.
 In modern times in the UK,  Easter is celebrated by church attendance and family togetherness. Typically  families will get together with a large meal in order to celebrate the holiday.  Also, certain passages are often read aloud in order to commemorate the special  events of the day. Typically, these verses come from the gospels, such as  Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.



Holy Week in Malaga


Holy Week in Malaga is a representation of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
It is a tradition that has become increasingly popular since the founding of the first brotherhood (Archicofradía de la Sangre (1507)) back in the 16th C.
Málaga EasterAfter over 500 years of history, this event continues to fuel the religious sentiment of the local people. Thousands of people from all over the world are attracted by the spectacular scenery of Malaga Holy Week that takes place every year on the streets of this magnificent city; huge and heavy thrones with religious images are taken over all his tour by the carriers that give witness to their faith as sweat and devotion, candles and robes of the thousands of Nazarenes and penitents give light and color to the streets, musical groups play their music Easter scores, incense and flowers flavors to the passage of processions impregnate every corner, thousands of people crowd the streets and many other people look for locations from the spectacular balconies of the façade to enjoy their favorite fiesta, Easter.

The Pregon
Pregon of the Malaga Holy Week
Each year before Easter, it takes place the proclamation that opens the week of passion. The Malaga Cervantes Theatre wears her best dress, in which a relevant person in the Malaga Holy Week world gives way to read the proclamation. The heart is pounding in the heart of Malaga, within those who walk in search of hope, an answer. Holy Week begins.
Passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ
Passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, Malaga Holy Week
The images of the steps represent the passion, death and resurrection of Christ. It has the following structure:
- Dolores Friday, Saturday and Palm Sunday: Transfers and tuning; entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.
- Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Holy Week: Memories of the last week of Jesus' life and preparation for the Easter Vigil. From the Parish of St. Paul (San Pablo) in the popular and humble backstreet of Trinidad, the considered as "pattern of Malaga", “el Cautivo”, goes out. Thousands wait hours before to enjoy the procession.
- Maundy Thursday. The Legion landed at the Malaga Port to carry the Christ of the Good Death, taking it in a horizontal position and taking up freehand, with arms outstretched.
- Good Friday: it is commemorated the drama of Christ's death. It is the image of Jesus crucified.
- Easter Sunday: commemorates the resurrection of Christ.
Tranfers (Traslados)
Malaga Holy Week Transfers
Transfers are the route the images make from their respective Headquarters Canonical, where they are revered throughout the year, and days before leaving in procession to his fraternity house, where they are settled in their respective thrones. It has become a ritual of testing and development of what will be the Official Route of Holy Week in the following days.
The Thrones Output
Malaga Holy Week Thrones Output
The thrones output of the Fraternity House is the starting point of the procession route. Brotherhood people, the band and the penitent procession carry an entire year working and practicing for processions reach all expectations.
Sometimes they live moments of maximum tension when weather conditions threaten to cancel the passage of the procession. The delicate material of the images and blankets, and the throne ornament of priceless historical and cultural force the Big Brothers to cancel out so as not to risk their precious heritage despite a hard year of work and wait.
Official Route
Malaga Holy Week Official Route
The Official Route is the common way that all fraternities do and goes from the Alameda Principal to Calle Larios, Plaza de la Constitución and Calle Granada. Mobility on either side of the street is impossible for the multitude gathered to see the steps.
Closures (Encierros)
Malaga Holy Week Closures
In the closures we live one of the most emotional moments of the procession. His journey ends here and all penitents and brothers see his Christ or Virgin off until next year. Thrones carriers bow to their images, even in some of the steps raise pulse the thrones creating a really emotional scene. The last drums roll, the last horn notes and the clarinets silence gives way to next year ... Do you want to wait another year? Come and feel it!
The Saeta
Malaga Holy Week Saeta
Throughout the course of the different Easter processions you will enjoy the song by different artists dedicated to their Virgin. The crowd falls silent and candlelight create a magical atmosphere, incense penetrates our senses and from a balcony, a Saeta emanate from the deepest feeling to honour the Virgin. Although the best is not we tell you, come and live it! As we say in Malaga: You put the hair on end!
The Legionnaires
Malaga Holy Week Legionnaires
The parade of Legionnaires begins with the landing at the Malaga Port and the transfer of the Christ of the Good Death (Cristo de la Buena Muerte) and the Virgin of Solitude of Mena (Virgen de la Soledad de Mena) to their brotherhood house.
This Holy Week procession is especially dear because of the spectacular scenic of the military. They march with firm steps and harmonized, singing hymns and songs to the homeland and the Virgin. At certain points along the route, it takes place demonstrations of skill with regulations weapons leaving astonished all the spectators, they are incredible jugglers! Leading the procession the goat of the legion walks as the pet of this training. She is usually the favorite character of children.
Malaga Holy Week Petaladas
You cannot lose, at different points along the route, the rain of petals that many of the locals throw from their balconies to the passage of the Virgin or Christ as an offering to them. The images faithful applaud and celebrate this practice that makes this event even more lively and participatory.
Malaga Holy Week Thrones
The thrones are heavy steel structures specially designed to withstand high loads. The main body of the structure is the part where it is set the image of Christ or the Virgin that in many processions it is covered by a canopy. This central body is supported by the shafts which are slender cantilever.



Spain is very famous for numerous events held during Semana Santa or Holy Week. Holy Week (Hebdomada Sancta or Maior Hebdomada – „Greater Week“) in Christianity is the last week before Easter. It includes religious holidays of Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday (Holy Thursday) and Good Friday. I does not include Easter Sunday which belongs to The Great Fifty Days.
All of the religious holidays mentioned commemorate the last week in life of Jesus Christ, his crucifixion on Good Friday and the resurrection on Easter Sunday.
Processions in Spanish cities are especially spectacular. Some of the people participating in procession wear the nazareno or the penitential robe. It has several parts – a tunic, „capriote“ (a conical shaped hood) used to hide the face of person wearing the nazareno. Sometimes person also wears a cloak too. The nazareno robe is of medieval origin.
Nazarenos in Malaga
Nazarenos in Malaga
People wearing such robe or „nazarenos“ during procession carry candles or wooden crosses. In some situations they walk barefoot with shackles and chains on their feet as sort of penance.
Beside the nazarenos some people in Spanish processions wear the uniforms similar to those worn by soldiers in Ancient Rome.
Traditions of Holy Week in southern Spanish city of Malaga have history of over 500 years. Processions are organized throughout the Holy Week but certainly the most spectacular ones are those on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.
Semana Santa in Malaga
Semana Santa in Malaga
Element typical for this, and all other Spanish processions, is so called „trono“ or throne (float). What exactly is it? It is kind of platform with many ornaments, often very heavy (even more than 5000 kilograms), on which paintings or sculptures with scenes from the Passion are carried. The Passion in this sense means the suffering of Christ before and during the Crucifixion.
Tronos in Malaga are carried by more than 250 members of the brotherhood of Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza. Walking behind the nazarenos wearing purple robe are women in black carrying candles.
The procession is accompanied by emotional music (played with drums and trumpets) and singing of “saeta” dedicated to the float. The saeta is a very old traditional Spanish religious song. The Spanish word saeta has differnt meanings -“arrow“, "bud of a vine", "hand of a clock" or "magnetic needle". Since the 19th century saetas includes elements of flamenco. The Saeta is sung by the saetero. During the procession saetero usually sings from one of balconies along the road.
Thousands of people gather and watch the procession. They often applaud their famous brotherhoods. These applauds and flamenco type of song during the event which is essentially sad make the procession very special, a bit unusual when compared to others in Spain. It does not mean that people of Andalucia are less religious. They just show their faith in a different way.
Nazarenos in Seville
Nazarenos in Seville
For the next of famous Spanish processions we’ll stay in Anadalucia. The procession during Semana Santa in city of Seville is famous for “pasos”. Pasos are big painted wooden sculptures. Each one of them represents scenes in the last days of Jesus Christ and immense grief of Virgin Mary for the torture and killing of her son.
paso in Seville
Paso in Seville
Pasos are quite heavy so they are carried by “costaleros” or “sack men”. They are called so as they have special headdress. Each paso is carried by 24 to 48 people. They are hidden inside the paso, so it seems that it walks by itself.

Costaleros ("Sack men")
The next of Spanish cities famous for its processions is the city of León (Llión in Leonese language), located in the province of same name in the north of Spain. Processions in this city last from the Friday before the Santa Semana (“Viernes de Dolores”) until the Easter Sunday.
More than 15,000 people or “papones" in Leonese language participate in processions. The most famous of local processions is the one called the "Procesion de los Pasos" or the "Procesion del Encuentro" (Procession of the Meeting). It lasts for nine hours. During this procession some 4,000 people carry 13 "pasos" throughout the city.
Procesion de los Pasos in Leon
Procesion de los Pasos in Leon
The most impressive moment of the procession is certainly El Encuentro (The Meeting). Then two pasos – representing Saint John and “La Dolorosa” (Virgin Mary) – face each other. Carriers of passos move them so local people say that they are “dancing” (“bailados”).
Entierro de San Genarín
Entierro de San Genarín
León also has the civilian procession called Entierro de San Genarín, the "Burial of Saint Genarín". There is a story behind it. In 1929, on the night of Maundy Thursday, poor alcoholic Genaro Blanco was run over by the first garbage truck of the city. In front of this procession some Orujo is carried.
Orujo is a liquor (with an alcohol content of over 50%) made of the grape pomace (remains left after pressing of grapes during wine making). At the place of tragedy some cheese, a bottle of Orujo and two oranges are left in commemoration.
Cartagena is a city in Spanish Murcia region located in the southeast of the country. Local processions during Santa Semana are organized by four brotherhoods - The penitential brotherhood of the Most Holy (wearing black), The brotherhood of the Hour of Our Lord Jesus´ Arrest or “Californios” (wearing red) , The brotherhood of Our Lord Jesus of Nazareth or “Marrajos” (wearing purple) and The brotherhood of Our Lord Jesus Resurrected or “Resucitados” (wearing white).
During procession brotherhoods are divided into small groups called “agrupationes”. Each group carries one float made of carved and painted wood. Members of one group wear the clothes of same colour (the robe, sash around the waist, a cloak, a high pointed hood covering their heads and faces) and sandals.
Semana Santa in Cartagena
Semana Santa in Cartagena
In front of the float there are three people carrying the brotherhood flag (“estandarte”) and several others standing in two symmetrical lines. All participants walk and stop in the rhythm of drum played by the band walking behind them. When the drumming stops everyone stands still in absolute silence. Everything has sort of a nickname – “tercio” or “regiment”.
A bit about floats in the procession. Paintings on them were made by famous local artists - Francisco Salzillo, José Capuz, Juan González Moreno, Mariano Benlliure, Federico Coullaut-Valera and others. During the procession they are set in order of events presented in the Gospel. Paintings are surrounded by “cartelas” (candelabras or chandeliers) decorated with floral arrangements.
At the back of main procession there are infantry companies or “piquetes”. They accompany the float of Our Lady of Sorrow or Our Lady of Solitude.
Many more Spanish cities and towns have beautiful procession of Santa Semana. But let’s finish this article in Andalucia with processions in city of Linares. Processions there last from the Palm Sunday until Easter Sunday. In the night between Holy Thursday and Good people or Linares organize the most famous procession called "Procesión del Nazareno".
Procesión del Nazareno
Procesión del Nazareno in Linares
The procession includes many “pasos” (wooden sculptures). The most beautiful is the group of pasos representing the scene of Last Supper of Christ and his 12 Apostles.
In front of every procession in Linares there is a music band called “Banda de Cabecera”. They are performing songs from films, famous pieces of classical music and even pop music.
From Traditionscustoms.com


Holy Week in Spain, is one of the country's largest festivities. Spain's Holy Week is celebrated the week before the Catholic holiday of Easter. As a Catholic nation, most Spaniards observe Holy Week, which marks the end of Lent. Spain has traditional foods eaten during Holy Week that reflect religious and cultural traditions.

Holy Week is the week leading up to Easter, which Catholics remember as the last week in the life of Jesus. The week spans from Holy Monday until Holy Saturday, ending with Easter Sunday.
In Spain, the week is observed with a series of marches and processions, especially in Southern Spain's Andalucian region. Christianity was introduced into Spain in 100 A.D. and, the religion has shaped the nation's cuisine.

Lent in Spain has its special cuisine. According to religious traditions, Catholics should abstain from eating meat during Lent, especially during Holy Week. However, even the meatless dishes will make your mouth water.

Fish Stews
Since meat is typically prohibited, many of the dishes served during Holy Week are made with fish. Many restaurant daily specials will feature fish and vegetables. One typical dish is made with chickpeas, spinach and cod. Some recipes leave out the cod to make a completely vegetarian dish. This dish also features plenty of garlic sautéed in olive oil along with leeks. Soaked and boiled chickpeas are then added. Finally, soaked salt cod and chopped spinach are added to make a flavorful stew.

Garlic soup
Another prominent dish during Holy Week is a soup made from garlic. The soup is made from garlic, oil, bread, water and eggs. Typically served in Northern Spain in earthenware bowls, this soup will warm your soul and spirit.

During Holy Week a number of mouth-watering desserts are served. Arroz con leche, or rice pudding, is typically served during Holy Week. Most bakeries during Holy Week make a favorite traditional food, torrijas. Torrijas is similar to French toast. Stale bread is soaked in milk and then dipped into eggs. They are pan-fried in butter on both sides and then topped with cinnamon, sugar and honey.


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