“It comes from far, full of light, white as the orange blossom,
and it is a reflection of the Sun in the Madrugá”
Easter in Seville commemorates the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Christ. Between Palm Sunday and Resurrection Sunday. In 1980 it was declared of International Tourist Interest and constitutes one of the great spring celebrations of the city.
The Holy Week in Seville is celebrated since the sixteenth century and has universal fame. Around 50,000 people dress up as Nazarenes to parade in the numerous processions that are organized, while the “costaleros” carry the steps on their backs. Every day there are processions in the afternoon and evening. Each brotherhood leaves his church and has established its own route, although all must go through the so-called “official career”, which starts at Campana Street and ends with the departure of the brotherhood by the Cathedral.
After leaving the Cathedral, the procession returns to its church by a different path than the one way. In the processions it is very exciting to hear the saetas: the flamenco songs that people sing a capella from the balconies in honor of the images.
The early morning of Good Friday is the most important moment of Holy Week in Seville. That night some of the most revered images come out like the Jesus del Gran Poder, the Macarena, the Esperanza de Triana or the Cristo de lo Gitanos. Throughout the night and until well into the day, the streets of the city are filled with public and feeling. Of course, we recommend you to be patient because waiting to admire these steps are usually prolonged.
Holy Week is one of the most colorful and emotional celebrations. Devotion, art, color and music intermingle in the acts that are celebrated to remember the death of Jesus Christ: the processions. In them, the members of the different fraternities and brotherhoods, dressed in their characteristic clothes, cross the streets taking the steps to the rhythm of the drums and music, producing pictures of sober beauty.