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The May Crosses of Ecija

Monday, May 6th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_10656" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="The May Crosses are often draped with white cloths, which symbolise Christ's shroud, and are always surrounded by flowers in vibrant colours; this one has an embroidered manton (shawl) over it, and an offering of bread"] .[/caption] [caption id="attachment_10661" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="In Ecija, this red flag with ...

Semana Santa for younger ones

Monday, April 1st, 2013

[caption id="attachment_10343" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="This boy's outfit is a mini version of the Nazarenos of his hermandad, Las Cigarreras, who wear purple hoods over white robes."] [/caption] Here in Spain, most events are open to all the family, and this includes religious ones. At last week's Semana Santa processions in Seville, you ...

Semana Santa – watching the skies

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

[caption id="attachment_10122" align="aligncenter" width="433" caption="A barefoot nazareno of the Cristo de la Corona hermandad, which goes out on Viernes de Dolores - tonight."] [/caption] Please excuse the tardiness of this blog post. In changing phone companies, which here in Spain are considerably cheaper if you consolidate your mobile(s), landline and ADSL ...

Semana Santa in pictures

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_5849" align="aligncenter" width="347" caption="A barefoot penitente from the Los Estudiantes (the students) hermandad passes the door of the Fabrica de Tabacos - now the University - in Seville."][/caption] This year, Semana Santa all across Andalucia has, yet again, been adversely affected by the weather. Rain stopped pasos from coming out ...

A historic hotel reopens in Sevilla

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_5529" align="aligncenter" width="433" caption="New for spring, the Alfonso XIII's terrace, part of its 20-million-euro refurbishment."][/caption] One of the most famous hotels in Andalucia, the Alfonso XIII reopens to the public today after a nine-month, 20-million-euro refurbishment. A landmark in Sevilla, it is a huge, imposing building situated next to the ...

A summertime paso

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_3709" align="aligncenter" width="386" caption="The procession of the Virgin de los Reyes, last Monday in Seville."][/caption] POST BY AUGUST’S SPECIAL GUEST BLOGGER: KIM CAUSIER Monday 15 August: today I felt a tad more like a native Sevillana. Although it was the last day of the puente (long weekend), I didn’t enjoy a ...

Romero and romerias

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_3284" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Two rocieras and a rociero at the start of their pilgrimage from Triana to El Rocio"][/caption] Andalucia isn't short of ferias (each town's annual party) and fiestas (others celebrations) - there are plenty every month throughout the year. Many of these have religious roots - Semana Santa, saint's days, ...

A wash-out with a glimmer of sun

Monday, April 25th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_2818" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Paso of Cristo Varon de Dolores, seen against Saturday's stormy sky"][/caption] Whether you enjoy it personally or not, it's hard to deny that this year's Semana Santa was a huge disappointment to audience and participators alike. Because of the rain, a record 31 out of the total ...

Holy days and April showers

Monday, April 18th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_2759" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Paso de Cristo de la Corona, by the Alcazar in Sevilla, Viernes de Dolores."][/caption] We're now one day into Semana Santa in Sevilla - it's Lunes Santo, Holy Monday. Yesterday was the first official day of this most important of religious events all over Spain, but especially ...

The Muslim and Jewish roots of Spain

Monday, April 11th, 2011

If you've read anything about the history of Andalucia (and Spain), you'll know that its cultural legacy is rich and varied: the Moors ruled what they called "Al-Andalus" until the 12th century, with the final stronghold being captured in 1492. Many stayed on after the Catholic Kings expelled them, becoming ...