The Holy Week – Easter of Seville or the Semana Santa de Sevilla is the commemoration of the passion and the death of Christ exhibiting marvelous processions carried out by the religious brotherhoods of Seville from different churches all over the city to the Cathedral lasting from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. Throughout these days, 61 brotherhoods make their way through the streets and 11 more do it on two previous days, Friday of Pains and Saturday of Passion. In addition to the religious aspects, the Holy Week in Seville is a social-cultural phenomenon, a major tourist and economic event of great importance to the city, it has been declared of International Tourist Interest, constituting one of the main spring holidays, along with the April Fair. Many people live for Holy week and its processions during the whole year in the city and the brotherhoods of each church are dedicated to three projects: formation, cult and charity. The welfare acts these institutions carry out in Seville and its Province are many. The station of atonement or the Easter procession is the main external cult of the corporations, but they hold numerous internal cults for the members of the brotherhood throughout the year, as ninth, septenaries, quinarios, triduos and royal audience.
The General Council of Fraternity and Brotherhoods of Seville is the organization in charge of the regulation of the processions in Holy Week, it improves the organization of the procession and makes the agreements with the official institutions. It also controls the schedules of the processions along the Official Route. Its members are chosen every four years by the Elder brothers of the different fraternities. In the brotherhoods there are members of all social classes. The evolution of these corporations has been influenced over time by multiple factors, religious and artistic, social and historical. The result can be seen each year watching the spectacular processions as they wind their way through the streets of the city, entering the cathedral and then returning to their mother church.
Holly Week – Easter 2016
- 20th of March: Palm Sunday.
- 21st of March: Easter Monday.
- 22nd of March: Holy Tuesday.
- 23rd of March: Holy Wednesday.
- 24th of March: Holy Thursday.
- 25th of March: Good Friday.
- 26th of March: Holy Saturday (Easter Saturday).
- 27th of March: Easter Sunday (Easter Sunday).
- 28th of March: Easter Monday
The “Cofradia” are religious groups of citizens belonging to a parish which looks after the images that are to appear in the processions.
Every cofradia usually has two pasos, one represents the Christ on the Cross or another scene of the “Passion” (praying time between the Garden of Gethsemane until his death) and the other and the second the Virgin as a suffering mother.
The “Brothers” or members look after everything related to processions throughout the year.
The Brothers are proud to walk as “Nazarenos”, wearing sandals, and dressed in a long tunic and long pointed hood, carrying a candle or a heavy wooden cross.
Another honour is to a “Costalero” carrying the weight of the paso on his neck (they have to carry up to 100 kg).