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Easter Holy Week Processions in Malaga Semana Santa
13 May 2014
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To an outsider Semana Santa may seem completely outlandish, eerie and even a bit cult like (including myself as this was one of my first experiences upon my arrival), it can be quite a spectaular experience and it shows just how much tradition means to the Spanish. 

Holy Week, Semana Santa, in Andalucia is an event that literally transforms towns and cities across this region. Processions of elaborately decorated floats with Jesus and Mary statues, groups of pointy-hood wearing Nazarenos (penitents), and shrill brass bands, walk slowly through the streets, from their parish church to the cathedral and back. It is an amazing experience, and a great time to come to Andalucia if you want to imbibe some deeply-held traditions that have less to do with religion than with social groupings and rituals. Many people avoid this time of year to visit Andalucia, but if come prepared for crowds and deep tradition. You will never see anything like it again. 

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