Thursday, July 24, 2014

How terrifying are they on a scale of one to crying

Having heard about the uniqueness of Andalucia’s Semana Santa celebrations, I set south to experience them firsthand. First stop? Málaga.

If you don’t already know, Semana Santa (“Holy Week”) is the week preceding Easter Sunday. Spain has a deep religious history, and Andalucía in particular celebrates Semana Santa with unbridled enthusiasm. Processions go on all hours of the day and night, and are composed of floats and float-bearers, marching bands, and nazarenos.

Nazarenos, the dudes with the pointy caps, gave an eerie vibe to the proceedings. Apparently their faces are covered out of penitence (read more here), but let’s be real, they look like the KKK. That’s enough to set anyone on edge. There’s no connection between the two groups, but it was disorienting to see wives and kids hugging up to nazerenos just as you would any other parade-performer.

For the me, the novelty of the processions lasted all of two days. By the end of the week, I was fed.up. You’ve got to have a hearty tolerance of crowds and swaying to survive during Semana Santa. If you don’t, you will melt into a helpless puddle of rage. I was in good company, though. A lot of Andalucians flee their region during Semana Santa because it is such a hot mess. I was glad I went, though, because it is truly a remarkable sight.

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Bird’s-eye view of processions from my hostel (Patio 19).

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Four o’clock in the morning, from my second hostel’s window.



Málaga {it’s procession time.} Having heard about the uniqueness of Andalucia’s Semana Santa celebrations, I set south to experience them firsthand.
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