Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Semana Santa

Spain is especially renowned for its Holy Week traditions or Semana Santa.

A common feature in most of those processions is the almost general usage of the nazareno or penitential robe for some of the participants in the processions. This garment consists in a tunic, a hood with conical tip used to conceal the face of the wearer, and sometimes a cloak. The exact colors and forms of these robes depend on the particular procession. The robes were widely used in the medieval period for penitents, who could demonstrate their penance while still masking their identity. These nazarenos carry processional candles or rough-hewn wooden crosses,

Holy week events started last Sunday in Mahón. 

Holy Friday 2009.
Penitential Brotherhood La Soledad.

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