viernes, 11 de abril de 2014

It is not the Ku Klux Klan. It is Easter in Málaga, Spain.

For Christians, Easter is the liturgical season dedicated to the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, Son of God. However, nowadays, this period is leisure and fun for many peopleIn  different parts of the world there are signs of religiosity, but the processions of the Passion of Christ in Málaga (Spain) are spectacular.

"Holy Week" in Málaga is an ancient tradition dating back to the time of Fernando and Isabel, the Catholic Monarchs (500 years ago). Passion Week in Málaga puts on the streets a show with Nazarenes and men of thrones. They carry images depicting different scenes of the passion, death and resurrection. 

Processions manifest a popular religious spirit, full of emotion and art: flowers, candles, marches and incense smell that attract thousands of people who come to see and applaud their favorite Brotherhood, year after year


 Nazarenos (penitents): They belong to a Brotherhood, association of Catholic faithful with pious, religious and welfare purposes. The origin of their clothing is in the Inquisition (XV century), when people were punished for religious reasons (penitents). So, they were imposed the requirement to wear a special dress to show their conversion.

This is a sculpture of Jesus, it is popularly known as "The Captive" in Málaga. "The captive" is taken in procession on Easter Monday, about 30,000 people march behind the sculpture as penitents.

   Throne of Mary, Mother of God

Málaga: The Capital of the Sun Coast, Spain 

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