Semana Santa or Holy Week in Seville is an experience you will never forget. Seville´s Semana Santa and Feria de Abril (April Fair) are its biggest and most important celebrations, in which the city is flooded with Spaniards and foreigners alike. This year it takes place from March 29th to April 4th, so get planning!
Holy Week in Seville is famous for the religious processions that take place all week long from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. The pasos, which are the main attraction of the processions, are large heavy floats of wooden sculptures that depict different scenes of the Passion of Christ or images of a grieving Virgin Mary. The processions are held by religious brotherhoods from the city of Seville, of which there are close to 70, each with their own pasos.
The designated route of the processions start at the home church, make their way to the Cathedral of Seville, and back to where they came from. Nazarenos are the members who march in the procession covered from head to toe in a habit with a pointed hood and holding long wax candles. The heroes of the event are the men who bear the weight of the enormous sculptures for hours on end. It is not an easy job!