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Every year a huge event happens in Sevilla. It lasts for eight days and attracts tourist from all over. It’s called Semana Santa (Holy Week). 

Starting on Palm Sunday, there are processions everyday. Each processions has two ipasos(images), one of Christ and one of the Virgen. They processions also have nazarenos, penitents, costaleros, and a band. Although Semana Santa is celebrated in many parts of Andalucia, it is most famous in Sevilla. The pasos are also the most beautiful, because the costaleros are hidden underneath the structure. It’s super impressive to see. Usually around 30-60 men are needed to carry a paso, and they may have to carry it for up to twelve hours around the streets of Sevilla.

I’ll be posting a few blogs about this, but to get started I’ll give you a brief vocab lesson so you know what I’m talking about in my upcoming blogs.


Capillita- someone who is really really really into Semana Santa

Cirio- giant candles the nazarenos carry

Costalero-men who carry the pasos

Procesión- a parade which has two pasos and many nazarenos, and also a band

La Madrugá- Holy Thursday to Good Friday full moon three favorite images come out

Nazareno-people who accompany the pasos

Mantilla- black veil woman wear in their hair on Holu Thursday

Penitente- people who walk behind the pasos and carry wooden crosses, many times they walk barefoot

Paso- wooden structure adorned with gold or silver with an image of Jesus or the Virgin

Here is a video of a procession, as well as a bit more information about Semana Santa in Sevilla.




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