Date of stay: May 2011
Semana Santa translates as Holy Week and occurs the week before the Easter weekend to commemorate the last week of Jesus’s life. We experienced the processions in a small town called Oriheula (near Alicante) which took place on the Easter Friday. From what I understand the Nazarenes represent those who are giving pennants. They wear strange conical hats which cover their faces and are quite eary, until you notice most of them are children and a lot of them are using mobile phones and other modern paraphernalia. Although there are similarities in their outfit they have nothing to do with the Klu Klux Klan. They also hand out masses of sweets to everyone. I’m guessing this has something to do with Mary but this is a complete guess.
There’s music, floats, processions and what seems like thousands of people involved in the procession. Considering Orihuela is a rather modest size town I would imagine that the festivities in other larger towns in Spain such as Seville, Malaga, Zamora and Leon have even larger events. But bare in mind you may not get a prime spot to view the festivities. In Oriheula you could take the option of buying a seat for the viewing earlier in the day.
We have added some of our photos from the festivities, if you have any questions please post a comment below.
Would you recommend this Festival: Yes
Overall rating: 4 out of 5
By: Michelle & Tim