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The “Semana Santa in Seville (audio slideshow)” is a brief presentation that will help you feel the Easter atmosphere from home.
Below the video you will find the transcript. I hope you like it!
Hi, this is Sandra from Seville-Traveller.com.
This a short audio slideshow in which I would like to explain what Semana Santa is exactly. But most importantly, I would like to show you how it actually looks like.
Semana Santa (or Holy Week in English) is a Catholic celebration commemorating the last week of Jesus Christ life. However, in Seville Semana Santa is much more… It is, by far, the largest celebration of the year and most Sevillanos participate very actively.
Actually, it takes months of preparation and effort. And the visual reward is absolutely spectacular.
Most of the pictures you are currently seeing in this slideshow demonstrate how meticulous and aesthetic Semana Santa is in Seville. In fact, it is generally known as the best Semana Santa in Spain.
Semana Santa lasts for a week and every day several processions take place. A procession is a scene depicting the fall and rise of Jesus Christ. And why was that done? Because in the Middle Age the wide majority didn’t read or write so it was the best way to teach laypersons Christ’s passion.
The paso is the most important element of a procession. It is a big and heavy wooden float where one or several figures narrate a passage of the story. For example, the biggest float in Seville is the Last Supper, where 13 figures represent this scene. It is huge!
Usually each procession has two floats: one with Christ and the second with the Virgin, mourning for her son’s death.
Now, you may wonder who’s in charge of the event’s organization. And the answer is the brotherhoods, which are groups of laic persons.
Apart from these task, most brothers participate themselves in the procession marching along with the paso as nazarenos. A nazareno is a pennant.
Since Semana Santa is, according to the Catholic tradition, a time for grief and repentance, brothers walk as pennants from their church to the Cathedral and back. Such decision means being at the street for several hours (up to 12 in some cases). Apart from this, some of them walk barefoot or carrying a cross over their shoulder.
Please take this into account. Although it may seem obvious, don’t confuse nazarenos with Ku Klux Klan members. They have absolutely nothing to do!
Bear in mind that Semana Santa processions started long ago (around the 14th century). The nazareno‘s robe was used in the Middle Age to demonstrate their penance while the capirote (which is the hood with a conical tip) helped them to hide their identity. These customs have being preserved and are still used today. In fact, each brotherhood has a robe and a hood of a different color.
Apart from the nazarenos, the costaleros play a very important role in a procession. They carry the paso. It is considered a great honor and people sometimes wait for years to get the right to do so.
As you can see from the pictures, despite the solemnity and seriousness of Semana Santa, Sevillanos consider it a celebration. It really doesn’t matter whether you are a religious person or not because watching one or several processions in Semana Santa in Seville is absolutely spectacular.
I always compare it to a living art exhibition since the music you are listening to, the way costaleros carry the paso and the figures from the floats are just like a beautiful play. If you like popular festivals and celebrations it’s something you shouldn’t miss. Semana Santa in Seville is something unique in the world.
Thanks for watching this audio slideshow. I’m Sandra from Seville Traveller.com. If you want more information, please visit the website or contact me.