Thursday, April 05, 2007

Catholic Holy Week Processions in Seville

Semana Santa, or 'Holy Week', is the seven days for Christians from Palm Sunday through to Holy Saturday leading to Easter, and has been one of the most important celebrations in Seville, Southern Spain for centuries. The Cofradías (brotherhoods or fraternities) march in repentance through the narrow streets of the city from their church to the Cathedral of Seville and back, taking the shortest possible route as decreed in the rule of the ordinances by Cardenal Niño de Guevara in the 17th century.
In 2007, the Holy Week is from April 1 to April 8, with 57 brotherhoods paying religious visits to the Cathedral of Seville, the largest of all Roman Catholic cathedrals. Los Nazarenos [above], or Nazarenes, are members of the fraternities which make up the procession. They each wear an antifaz, the piece of cloth covering their faces, and a capirote, the cardboard cone inside the antifaz, keeping it upright on the head. The brotherhoods became the main bonding element of the neighbourhood or the parish. [All text from al-Jazeera]

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