domingo, 13 de abril de 2014

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

The origin of this week is Christian, however, this period is for many people, leisure and fun. After Lent (the period that is devoted to fasting, abstinence, and penitence in commemoration of Christ's fasting in the wilderness. It runs from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday and so includes forty weekdays), Easter arrives in the Christian Church. It is the liturgical season dedicated to the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, Son of God. Maundy Thursday (it commemorates the Maundy, the ceremony of washing disciples´ feet, and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles) also known as Holy Thursday. It is the fifth day of Holy Week, and is followed by Good Friday or Holy Friday (it commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary).

In many parts of the world there are signs of religiosity, but the processions of the Passion of Christ in Málaga (Spain) are spectacular. Easter, in Málaga, has an ancient tradition dating back to the time of Fernando and Isabel (Ferdinand and Isabella), the Catholic Monarchs (500 years old). The "Passion Week" puts on the streets a show with "Nazarenes" and "Men of thrones", who carry images with different scenes of the passion, death and resurrection. The processions manifest a popular religious spirit, full of emotion and art: flowers, candles, processional marches and incense smell that attract thousands of people who come to see and applaud their favourite "Brotherhoods", year after year.

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

Our Father Jesus Captive, sculpture popularly known as "The Captive" in Málaga. The captive is taken in procession on Easter Monday, about 30,000 people march behind Jesus Captive as penitents.

                                               Throne of Mary, Mother of God.

Málaga, Capital of the Costa del Sol, Spain

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