Top 5 Most Curious Semana Santa Celebrations

10 April 2017 0 Comments Category: blog, Living in Spain


One of the most awaited weeks of the year, not only for the days off but also for its traditions and all the cultural activities around it, Semana Santa is one of the most celebrated Christian festivities in Spain. There’s no city, town, or village that doesn’t celebrate Easter. Each place has its own way of celebrating it, not only in a religious way but also in an artistic way that’s so passionate that stuns everyone.

Each city has its own way of living Easter. These range from a silent celebration to a spectacular one. But we’re sure that you’re going to be delighted with their procesiones in the middle of the streets. The whole town goes out to participate or to watch.

Here are our top five most curious Semana Santa celebrations.


El entierro de Genarín


On Jueves Santo, the people of León’s Barrio Húmedo hold the entierro de Genarí, which is the long and dramatic funeral procession of a very particular character of León who loved drinking orujo and visiting brothels. This tradition started in the 1930s and is surrounded by drinking, singing and the reading of poems in the streets.

La Diablesa


In the province of Alicante, you will find the funeral procession of Orihuela, in which people take out La Diablesa, a character that represents the devil. And it’s the only procession in the entire Spain that actually includes the devil in a procession during Semana Santa.


La captura de Judas


We traveled to Cabanillas, where on Domingo de Resurrección the people of Navarre stage the persecution and capture of Judas. They try to catch him to avenge what he did to Jesus. “Judas” is dressed in red pants, a silvery jacket and a very particular hat. He runs like crazy so that nobody can catch him, until the “Romans” finally get him and he receives his punishment.


Procesión de las Turbas


Early in the morning on Viernes Santo, in the city of Cuenca, you’ll find one of the most curious processions in the entire Spain. The turbos laugh their lungs out, reproducing the laughs and mockery of the Romans when Jesus was walking through the crowds. The turbos are dressed in the tunics of their particular brotherhood/sisterhood, carry fake homemade weapons and try to avoid Jesus’ path so that he cannot get to the end of the Paso de los Naranjos.


La Danza de la Muerte


In Girona, in the town of Verges, the people celebrate a very peculiar tradition, called Dansa de la Mort, on Jueves Santo. Ten skeletons dance and jump all over the place during the entire procession, and their shadows are reflected on the streets, so people know where they’re coming from. It’s an ancient ritual in which they worship the people who died in the peste negra (the Black Death).

Where are you going to be this Semana Santa? Do you know any other curious procession in Spain or elsewhere in the world?

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