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Berchules, Granada, Spain

23 March 2010

Semana Santa in the Alpujarras

Most people from abroad know that Spain celebrates Semana Santa intensively, and some tourists plan their visit to Spain in this Easter week to experience the special athmosphere. During the whole of the Holy Week, street processions are organised in many towns, from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. People carry statues of saints around on floats or wooden platforms in an atmosphere of mourning. The people who carry the weight of the floats are called ´costaleros´ and are expected to carry the ´thrones´ with solemnity and grace. The religious fraternities and brotherhoods (or hermandades) are responsable for carrying the statues and organising the penitents and musicians.
What foreigners not always realize, is that it is mainly in Andalusian towns that Easter celebrations are held. Last year we had guests from Cataluña, who had never assisted an Easter procession in their lives before. They had decided to spend their last day of their Easter holidays in Lanjarón as they had heard that this town helt various processions as it has a number of fraternities.
Lanjarón probably holds the most elaborate processions of the Alpujarras, and as far as we know the only Alpujarran town with a website dedicated to the Holy Week.

View Samana Santa in Granada on online TV of the CofradesGranada

Nuestra Señora María Santísima de Dolores y Soledad, del cartel de lanjaró
Related links:
Semana Santa in Lanjarón
- Lanjaron on Turgranada tourist board
Real Federación de Hermandades y Cofradías de Semana Santa de la ciudad de Granada
Semana Santa en Granada web de cofrade Luis Serrano Donaire
- Foral de Guia Almeria (portal foro de la Semana Santa de Almeriam on mforos)
Farol de guia (on blogcindario)

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