Happy Easter Festivities and Holiday in Malaga Province

Easter in Andalucía is not just about the spectacle, but the emotion felt with the beating of the drums, the swaying of the bearers and the pungent smell of the burning incense. Few people can watch the heavy, flower strewn floats slowly pass by without being moved. Each float, with a lifelike statue of Christ or the Virgin Mary, is the responsibility of a ‘cofradía’ or brotherhood. Behind the floats walk the ‘nazarenos’, in pointed hoods and tunics and carrying candles.

 

Events kicked off on Palm Sunday with the cheerful images of Jesus on the donkey and continue through to the more solemn Christ crucified figures on Good Friday and the resurrection processions on Easter Sunday. While all the municipalities in the province of Malaga and the rest of Andalucía have their own processions, visitors are attracted to major cities such as Malaga where more than 50 brotherhoods will be taking to the streets during the week.

 

Riogordo hosts its famous El Paso on Friday and Saturday

 

One of the highlights of Holy Week in the Axarquía is the famous El Paso Passion play put on by the people of Riogordo. More than 500 locals, including several foreign residents, will be taking part in the event performed on a hillside that creates a natural theatre covering 8,000 square metres. The scenes of El Paso cover the entire Easter story, starting with the sacrifice of Isaac, and ending with Christ’s death on the cross.

 

This year 80 per cent of the costumes worn by the actors will be brand new thanks to the work of 11 students taking part in an employment workshop subsidised by the Junta de Andalucía. This year some 15,000 spectators are expected to watch the performances on Good Friday and Easter Saturday at 4.30 p.m.

 

Source: Sur in English

 

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