In a country known for it’s raucous festivals, Spain’s Semana Santa (or Holy Week) takes a decidedly more somber and reflective spin. In the week leading up to Easter, observers attend church and participate in a range of traditional ceremonies.
In Seville in particular, the streets flood with spectators watching the processions of the “hermandades,” religious brotherhoods marching in hooded costumes. The processions of floats are called pasos and feature wooden sculptures of scenes from the Passion. Many of the floats are considered important works of art. They are of great cultural and spiritual importance to the local Catholic population, who often don traditional mantillas and black clothing for the event.
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