The Holy Week in Malaga

Malaga, Spain – April 2007

The Holy Week (Semana Santa) in Spain is world known religious event held by Roman Catholic Church. Andalusia, the most southern province of Spain, tends to have the most elaborate processions where thousands of people participate. Cofradías, a neighbourhood based brotherhoods, keep the major part of the tradition. They maintain large ornate thrones with wooden biblical statues which are carried throughout the cities during the Easter feast. Brotherhood members (penitents) wear colorful tunics and conical pointed hats. They walk down the city streets, carrying candles, rough wooden crosses for long hours, some of them barefoot, to demonstrate their penance and commemorate Jesus Christ's suffering, death and redemption.

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