This is one of the most ambitious and extremely colorful holidays in Spain.
Walk around the streets people in inspiring Holy terror high caps.
Holy week or Semana Santa, the biggest religious festival of Spain, good Friday is a day off for the whole country.
The unofficial capital of the Holy week, a city where people come in these days millions of tourists, Sevilla is where we are. Traffic adapts to the schedule of the processions, and the center is blocked for cars.
But walking the streets of the Andalusian capital is rather difficult. The audience took the best seats early in the morning — sit along the streets, which will be held procession, brought from home chairs.
Tradition a way to celebrate the Easter week originated, as is commonly believed, approximately in the XV century. Beginning with palm Sunday, every day for the entire week the city is filled with processions, marching in procession from the chapels and shrines to the main temples and back. The procession reaches its climax on Thursday and Friday, when their number in a particular city can be up to several tens per day.
Some participants of the processions carry on their shoulders the so-called Pazos — the richly decorated platform, on which are figures of saints and scenes from the last days of the earthly life of Christ. Something like this.
Paso is a very difficult thing, some may weigh about a ton, which is about 100 kg for each porter. And all the weight falls on the seventh cervical vertebra, protected kostelem — handkerchief with cushion.
Other, usually dressed in long robes and hoods with slits for eyes, escorted the procession.
Mysteriously frightening. Typically, joining a fraternity need to be a family member or friend who is already in it.
Holy week in Seville is the most beautiful. Here the largest number of fraternities. Fraternity members walk around the streets in awe inspiring high caps. Their faces are closed and legs are bare, because the brothers repent (and it has to be anonymous), symbolically repeating the path of Jesus to Calvary.
By the way, a pointed red cap, which are of a Nazarite during the Spanish Holy week, originates from the time of the Spanish Inquisition. In those days, the caps peaked form worn on the head convict. In those days, the cap whom were punished, additionally decorated with illustrations with perfect crimes.
In the wrong direction.
In Seville it was windy.
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