Semana Santa celebration in Marbella


In Spain, the Easter Week has always been special which is celebrated with much solemnity. As in any other parts of the country, the Marbella town also joins this week-long national celebration with a series of religious acts and huge colourful processions to commemorate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Semana Santa or the Holy Week commemorates the last days of Jesus’ life from his arrival in Jerusalem on Palm Sunday to his resurrection on Easter Sunday. Unlike some catholic nations, here in Spain, one can find more religious light into this traditional festival. Thousands of spectators witness this spectacular event and many even carrying images of Jesus.

Crowds anxiously wait on both sides of the street to catch a glimpse of the candle lights march and larger-than-life figure of Jesus Christ along with bands and costumes on display. In Marbella, not only the locals but also visitors from other countries join the celebration to experience the Semana Santa traditions in the country.

The video footage was taken by Craig Edmonds in the Casco Antiguo (Old Town) of Marbella during Easter (Semana Santa) 2010. The procession is of around 1.5 hours so this is only some parts of it. It’s really a sombre affair with all participants taking it very seriously and the crowd mostly shows their respect by keeping the noise down.


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