miércoles, marzo 26, 2008

Seman Santa de Sevilla, según "The Guardian"

Así nos ven desde Inglaterra, a través de "The Guardian" uno de los peródicos mas prestigiosos del mundo.
(Reportaje localizado por Ángela Martínez Amador)


Seville's Semana Santa (Holy Week) celebrations are among the most spectacular in the world, when thousands of hooded penitents parade through the city's winding streets.
Taking place during the week before Easter, it has held an important place in Seville's calender for centuries, with many of the rituals dating back to the 16th century.


The processions can last for hours - even through the night - depending on the distance of each church from the Cathedral











A penitent with the 'Cruz de Guia' (Guide Cross) leads the the procession of the Santa Genoveva brotherhood












The 'El Cerro' brotherhood leave a church as they start their procession




















The feet of a penitent of the 'Hermandad de la Paz' brotherhood









It is an occasion of intense religious devotion as well as a fiesta and draws huge crowds, both religious and secular, from all over the world.
Semana Santa (Holy Week) takes place during the week before Easter and has held an important place in Seville's calender for centuries

Starting on Palm Sunday more than 55 brotherhoods make the procession to Seville's Cathedral to commemorate the Passion of Christ. Some will make the walk bare foot

Each brotherhood walks though the narrow streets of the city from their church to the Cathedral and back, in a tradition that dates back to the 16th century. Here penitents wait at the church for the start of the 'La Paz' brotherhood procession

People of all ages take part. Here a young penitent waits for the start of the Santa Genoveva brotherhood procession

A 'costalero' during the Holy Week procession of 'Los Estudiantes' (The Students) brotherhood carries the 'Santísimo Cristo de la Misericordia'. Each church carries an image of Christ, the Virgin, or a scene of the Passion on a 'paseo' - a moveable float

The celebrations make an impressive spectacle that is both a fiesta and a time of religious devotion

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