TSemana Santa celebrating holy week in Spain

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Semana Santa (Easter) in Spain dates back to the 16th century which is when the Catholic Church decided to make the story of the Passion of Christ one that the ordinary people could not only participate in but thoroughly understand and get involved in.

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Holy Week in Spain is the annual tribute to the Passion of Jesus Christ celebrated by Catholic religious brotherhoods (Spanish: cofradía) and fraternities that perform penance processions on the streets of almost every Spanish city and town during the last week of Lent, the week immediately before Easter. 

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Often you will see members of the Cofradia wearing blindfolds while carrying the floats. These are used to signify that the person is making an extra sacrifice to carry the 'Trono' and ask God for special favours (but not for themselves). 

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The parades take an average of 4 hours to traverse the hills and narrow streets of most towns and villages in Spain. Imagine carrying a 'Trono's weighing literally a few thousand kilos on your shoulders while marching for over 4 hours. 

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Parade participants are called penitents and they dress in the traditional capirote which is a tall conical hat that is believed to bring the wearer closer to god.

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