Semana Santa in Spain (or Holy Week, the week preceding Easter Sunday) is a week of festivals celebrated by Catholics getting ready for Easter. In the 1500’s, the church in Spain was looking for a way to explain and present the story of Jesus- and his resurrection from the dead- to the common people. What began as small marches, have grown into elaborate processions that carry religious figures through the cities to churches and basilicas. Now semana santa in Spain draws tourists from around the world.
On one of my trips during semana santa in Spain, I videoed a couple of the most famous processions. I made it into a sort-of “documentary” for my Spanish students introducing the famous and beautiful processions from Andalucía, the southern region of Spain (I have included both Granada and Sevilla). I am working on subtitles for those who do not speak Spanish- but until then, everyone can enjoy the imagery and music of semana santa in Spain:
I made this 10 years ago, and it was the first movie I had ever edited on the computer- so please excuse any messiness:).
Click on the picture above for an excellent overview of the traditions and customs of Easter and Semana Santa in Spain.