Easter Processions in Seville 2014
There are not many things as serious as Easter in Seville. Year after year, the solemn processions surprise visitors with their size and intensity. The floats, the crosses, the sorrowful music, the sacred songs, the penitents in their traditional robes and the representations of the Virgin and Christ paraded through the streets on golden flower covered thrones. To have real idea of what Easter in Seville is like it needs to be experienced.
Easter in 2104 falls on the 13th to the 20th of April. On the 13th of April, Palm Sunday, it is customary to visit the churches where the “pasos”, floats with life size representations of the Passion and the Virgin Mary, are on display ready to start the Holy Week processions. From then until the 20th of April, Easter Sunday, there are processions each afternoon-evening through the streets of Seville.
More than 60 brotherhoods celebrate the life and the passion of Christ in heartfelt processions, carrying the “paso” on their shoulders as a sign of penance. Each brotherhood usually carries two “pasos”, one of Jesus of Nazareth and the other the Virgin Mary on the shoulders of fifty men called “costaleros”. Some of the famous brotherhoods of Seville are La Borriquita,El Señor de Gran Poder, la Esperanza Macarena, Los Gitanos and the Esperanza de Triana.
All the processions in Seville’s Holy Week follow the Carrera Oficial, The Official Path, a route through some of Seville’s most famous streets leading to the Cathedral of Seville. The program for Easter in Seville 2014 will soon be made available featuring the time and itineraries of the processions. You can consult it here.
One of the special and most anticipated events of Seville Holy Week are the nocturnal processions of “La Madrugá”, occurring the night before Good Friday; the ambience of these nocturnal processions is emotive and solemn.
Good Friday is considered a day of mourning in the city, flags fly at half mast and it is tradition to go to Mass. Other traditions of Easter in Seville are reflected in the food, traditionally bacalao, widow potatos, garlic soup and sweets like torrijas are eaten.
Easter in Seville is more than a religious celebration. It is an ancient tradition dating back to the 16th century which completely transforms the city for a week.