Semana Santa 2010 Seville Spain

March 31, 2010 by  
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Semana Santa 2010 in Seville Spain! Over the next few days we will be in Seville Spain taking photos and video of Holy Week 2010, please check back with us over the next few days and up coming weeks for photos, video and details that make Semana Santa so special in the hearts of so many.

Semana Santa in Mexico

November 30, 2008 by  
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Creel, Chihuahua (Mexico)
Creel, a mountainous indigenous community in northern Mexico, is a popular destination for Holy Week. Not only are there many activities to experience in the Sierra Madre Occidental Mountains, the Tarahumara Indians paint themselves white for Holy Week. They host a series of celebrations including dances and music that date back centuries, mixing pre-Hispanic tradition with traditional Catholicism.

 

San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato (Mexico)
By Palm Sunday, the colonial city of San Miguel de Allende in central Mexico is flooded with visitors as well as local women selling flowers, palm crosses, and religious articles outside the Parroquia. Children dressed in biblical costumes and men dressed as Roman centurions ride on horseback through the cobblestone streets while life-size statues of the Virgin Mary, the Apostles, Mary Magdalene, and John the Baptist are carried through the city.

 

Taxco, Guerrero (Mexico)
Given its proximity to Mexico City, the charming silver mining town of Taxco is also a popular Holy Week destination. In commemoration of Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem, an image of Jesus is placed on the back of a donkey. As the donkey journeys to Taxco, palm fronds and flowers are laid on the ground. On the night of Holy Thursday, penitents bearing candles walk in procession to the baroque Church of Santa Prisca. A reenactment of the Last Supper is performed. The Resurrection play, staged around nine o’clock on Saturday morning, is an awe-inspiring site to behold. A final and joyful procession takes place on Easter Sunday.

 

San Luis Potosi (Mexico)
With the participation of more than 2,000 men and women, the solemn procession in the colonial city of San Luis Potosi, located 257 miles north of Mexico City, will begin at the Templo de Santo Domingo at eight o’clock in the evening on Good Friday and will make its way through the downtown historic area. Similar to the ceremony in Sevilla, Spain, penitents wear hoods as they walk silently through the streets, carrying torches and holy images. During Holy Week, San Luis Potosi features more than 90 events, including concerts, a national food festival, and a tennis tournament.

 

Thanks to Erick Laseca for excerpts and information on Semana Santa celebrations in Mexico (http://www.1888pressrelease.com/prepare-for-holy-week-in-mexico-pr-270au1y53t.html).

Semana Santa In Guatemala

November 30, 2008 by  
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Many towns and villages celebrate Semana Santa at Easter time. But no town celebrates it quite like Antigua, Guatemala. Holy Week is full of solemn activities that replicate the Passion and Crucifixion of Christ. The entire city participates in this yearly event, from the very young to the very old. Hundreds of locals dress in violet robes to accompany daily processions in remembrance of the crucifixion. Additionally, thousands of visitors from all over the world flood Antigua to witness the dramatic processions and observe this somber, religious ritual.

Semana Santa In Spain

November 30, 2008 by  
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Semana Santa Seville Spain

Semana Santa Seville Spain

Every year a million or more Spanish and foreign tourists flock to Seville to witness the spectacular processions of Holy Week, one of Europe’s most affecting and unforgettable events. Holy Week processions have centuries of history in much of Spain, but are most extravagantly staged in Seville.

“During the whole of Semana Santa, street processions are organized in many Spanish towns each evening, from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. People carry statues of saints around on floats or wooden platforms. Processions end on Easter Sunday, a day full of light and color when church and cathedral bells are heard ringing throughout the country.”

“The religious fraternities and brotherhoods are responsible for carrying the statues and organizing the penitents and musicians. The Nazareños (“people from Nazareth”) follow the people who carry the floats bearing sculptures and models of biblical scenes.”

After Seville, “the most famous Easter celebrations in Spain are held in various Andalusian towns, including Valladolid, Toledo, Segovia, Burgos, Zamora, and Cuenca.”

“For a great selection of places to stay with discount prices visit Seville Hotels for more information.”

Thanks to http://worldparty.roughguides.com/festival/default.aspx?festID=93 and http://www.euroresidentes.com/Fiestas/semana_santa.htm for excerpts and quotes on Semana Santa celebrations in Spain.

Semana Santa In Chile

November 30, 2008 by  
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Semana Santa is an important time throughout South  America. In Chile the tradition of “Cuasimodo” extends a week beyond Easter. Cuasimodo celebrations derive from the time when parish priests made their post-Easter rounds, accompanied by armed cowboy bodyguards. Also known as “Correr a Cristo” (Running to Christ), the day-long celebration involves a mass, followed by a procession in which the parish priest is drawn in a decorated carriage accompanied by mounted cowboys, bicycles, carts, and crowds of shouting people.

 

Excerpts and quotes on Semana Santa activities in South America were taken from Bonnie Hamre, About.com (http://gosouthamerica.about.com/od/culfiestas/a/SemSantaPeru.htm).

Semana Santa In Peru

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“Perhaps the most famous Semana Santa celebrations occur in Ayacucho, Peru, where the entire town participates in the Holy Week event. Semana Santa celebrations are concentrated in the Andean highland villages, where the mix of Catholicism and pagan religions creates some of the most colorful and fervent festivals. Ayacucho, Cuzco, Huaraz and Tarma each have week-long observances, but Ayacucho is most famous for its Holy Week celebrations.”

 Tarma is often called the Pearl of the Andes for its scenic beauty. “The streets where the processions march are covered in carpets and arches of flowers, created by the devout citizens of the town. Celebrations begin on Thursday with the procession of the Virgen de Dolores, continue with the daily observances, and end with the traditional Easter Sunday processions. A tradition for the artisans creating the floral works is to end the day with a calientito, hot tea with lemon and chacta (cane liquor) to keep the creative spirit warm.”

 In Huaraz, at the base of Huascaran, year-long preparations culminate in a carefully choreographed week of celebrations. Beginning with Palm Sunday, an effigy of Christ is carried on a donkey into the city. Celebrations end on Domingo de Resurrección with fireworks and the release of hundreds of birds. Huaraz observes Semana Santa rituals with piety and devotion.

 “In Cuzco, capital of the Inca Empire, Semana Santa observations revolve around the Señor de los Temblores. Legend has it that the statue of Christ, sent by Philip V of Spain to aid in the conversion of the Indians, became emaciated and blackened following an earthquake on May 31, 1650. The statue, now resembling the native population, has been revered since as the Cristo de los Temblores (Christ of the Earthquakes.) The processions through the streets are colored by strips of textiles woven with gold thread that hang in the windows of houses, and enlivened by firecrackers and noise makers.”

 “A different slant to the religious rituals occurs on Good Friday when abstinence is not practiced. Instead, participants feast on twelve traditional dishes, from soups, fish, potato dishes to desserts.”

 “In Ayacucho, the most famous and well-attended Semana Santa celebrations involve the entire town. The ceremonies begin on the Friday before Palm Sunday, with the enactment of the meeting between Christ and his mother, the Virgen Dolorosa. Palm Sunday is a festive occasion, with mules and palms waving throughout the city. During the week, daily, and evening processions allow the participants to demonstrate their devotion.”

 “An open air market with crafts, food, and music draws a huge crowd who enjoy chicha or chacta with a chew of coca leaves. A traditional belief holds that since Christ is now dead, and not yet risen, there is no such thing as a sin. Consequently, participants in Ayacucho’s holy week celebrations use this time to party and behave as they please until Sunday’s resurrection ceremonies.”

Semana Santa In South America

November 29, 2008 by  
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Many South American communities celebrate Semana Santa. In many places, the full Passion Play is enacted from the Last Supper, the Betrayal, the Judgment, the Procession of the 12 Stations of the Cross, the Crucifixion, and finally the Resurrection of Christ. As in many locations around the world, participants wear costumes and play their parts with reverence.