Semana Santa Dates Back to 16th Century

November 30, 2008 by  
Filed under What is Semana Santa

The tradition of the Semana Santa dates back to the 16th century in Spain, when the Catholic Church decided to educate congregations about the events surrounding Christ’s crucifixion. Needing an easily understood and effective means of depicting the Passion of Christ, the church turned to art. This religious ceremony dedicated to the suffering of Christ and the Virgin Mary is celebrated in cities, towns and villages throughout the world.

Semana Santa begins on Palm Sunday, one week before Easter. On Good Friday the ceremonies reach a climax and it ends the day after Easter Sunday. The groups of figures and floats are carried throughout the streets from each of their churches. Processions continue day and night accompanied with beautiful ceremonies and picture-like rhetoric, decorated with garlands, flags and crosses.


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