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Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – Semana Santa: Easter in Spain by Darlene Foster

Posted on: April 1, 2018

Happy Easter!! Here is an article I wrote on Easter in Spain from my archives. Sally has kindly featured it on her site. If you haven’t read it before, you might enjoy the celebrations of Semana Santa. Wishing everyone a wonderful day!

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Darlene Foster shares a post from her archives that brought back memories for me of our seventeen years in Spain. Easter is a big festival and is an occasion for all the family to take to the streets.

Semana Santa: Easter in Spain by Darlene Foster

The week before and including Easter is called Semana Santa here in Spain and is the largest religious festival of the year. Elaborate processions take place throughout the week in most cities and towns. During Holy week religious sculptures are taken out of the churches and paraded through the town to the main cathedral. Some of these precious sculptures,created by well known Spanish artists, are hundreds of years old. They are mounted on floats called pasos, surrounded with flowers and candles. Portapasos (or float-carriers) wearing traditional costumes, carry the heavy floats through the streets lined with spectators. No large trucks transport these floats, only…

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19 Responses to "Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – Semana Santa: Easter in Spain by Darlene Foster"

I thoroughly enjoyed this, Darlene!

Thanks and thank you for your comment on Sally´s blog. If you ever visit Spain, try to come around Easter time.

You’re welcome, Darlene. Good advice!

Very interesting read! Happy Easter. 🙂

So pleased you liked it! Thanks for stopping by, Lise.

Happy Easter, Darlene. I’d forgotten what a big celebration it is in Spain, but now that I see the post I remember reading about it on your blog before. Do the smaller towns and villages throughout Spain celebrate in an obvious way as well?

Actually, the smaller places have their own celebrations which aren’t as huge but still nicely done. They probably only have one icon to parade through the streets but still wear costumes. Easter is the most important fiesta in Spain. I plan to attend a smaller one next year.

Was not at all aware of this celebration – very interesting! Happy Easter Darlene!

Thanks, Irene. Semana Santa is the most important fiesta in the religious year here in Spain. I hope you had a wonderful Easter. Are you in Canada right now?

Wow! I didn’t realize Easter was a big festival and time of celebration in Spain! Interesting post! I hope you had a lovely Easter. We had a couple of inches of snow last night. Gone today.

Spain doesn’t need much of an excuse for a celebration and being a very Catholic country, religious occasions are huge. Glad you found the post interesting. I just spoke to a friend in Calgary and she mentioned they had snow as well. Easter was lovely here with plenty of sunshine and flowers. xo

It is similar to our Semana Santa in my home country Philippines. Well, Philippines was colonized by the Spaniards and our Catholic religion was brought up by the Spaniards around 400 years ago if I am not mistaken. I love the Semana Santa in the Philippines more than here in my adopted country Germany. Thanks for sharing.

I believe most Spanish related countries have something similar. I was raised in Canada by German parents so this was something very new and exciting for me. Thanks for commenting on my blog, Thelma.

You are very welcome Darlene. Have a lovely week.

Thank you so much for leaving your link #SeniorSalon. Please share and invite your Silver Bloggers to also participate and remember to read the other posts left and share as well. Thanks and I look forward to seeing you again.

Your Senior Salon is doing well. Happy to be part of it. So many great blogs.

Thanks Darlene. I am also very happy with the participation so far. See you again next week.

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