A new feature this Easter is a parade of thrones to be carried by children from schools, fraternities, dance schools and neighbourhood groups from such areas as Maro and the Barriada de los Poetas.
There will be an Easter Cultural Camp for children aged over four years, the aim being for parents to be able to combine family and work life while the children learn and have fun.
The decision has already been made regarding the pregón – opening speech – for next year’s Semana Santa in Vélez-Málaga. The pregón will be given by María Dolores Benítez Téllez.
A total of 742,000 tourists visited Andalucia during Holy Week, a 4.4% increase compared to 2010, while spending remained roughly the same as last year at €358 million.
A week ago, predictions for hotel occupancy rates in Andalucia during Semana Santa were for record levels, particularly relating to last minute bookings. The reality has turned out to be something different, around 70% overall, mainly as a result of the bad weather.
The Sierra Nevada Ski Resort in Granada is expecting to keep 70 kilometres of pistes open during Semana Santa, one of the largest skiing areas in Europe.
Palm Sunday – Domingo de Ramos – and the first procession of Semana Santa 2011 in Nerja. Palm Sunday, the first Sunday before Easter, commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Following a benediction at the Ermita de Nuestra Señora de las Angustias in Plaza de la Ermita, the palm-waving procession made its way down to the iglesia El Salvador on …
Holy Week in Sevilla this year sees an important change as it will be the first time that all the brotherhoods will be able to include women as Nazarenes.
The governing body of the Málaga Association of Brotherhoods and Guilds (Agrupación de Cofradías de Málaga) has elected José Antonio Domínguez Bandera (Antonio Banderas) as speaker (pregonero) during Holy Week in 2011, an appointment approved by the Bishop of Málaga, Jesús Catalá.
The smell of incense, the pointy hats and heavy statues….