This Sunday begins the Holy Week celebration in Seville, Spain. For an entire week, the people of Seville, (as well as many other cities in Spain and around the world) celebrate Easter.
Seville's famous celebration consists of many parades throughout the city with floats that show religious scenes. The floats are often decorated with flowers and candles, and carry religious statues, with many dressed in expensive robes. Christ and the Virgin Mary are among the most commonly seen figures.
The floats are actually carried by people underneath called costaleros. They carry the floats on their shoulders. It takes many costaleros to carry just one float. CHECK THEM OUT IN THE SLIDE SHOW BELOW.
Nazarenos (penitents) are also an important part of the parades. These are people dressed in long robes with pointed hoods. They carry big, heavy crosses, and walk the entire distance of the parade. They walk to represent those who are sorry for things they have done wrong.
Students who use our Fiestas theme package learn all about this celebration.
To see a great video clip of one of the parades and to learn many things about Semana Santa, check out this website, http://www.andalucia.com/festival/seville-semanasanta.htm