Passion for Easter Week across the Region

Publishing date 17/03/2016


Towns and villages across the Region keep age-old traditions alive at this time of year as they celebrate Easter Week. Local people's passion and enthusiasm, expressed in the processions, performances and other religious events, has made this festival so appealing and has played a major role in securing its status as a Festival of Tourist Interest in many locations.

Passion for Easter Week across the Region


Towns and villages across the Region keep age-old traditions alive at this time of year as they celebrate Easter Week. Local people's passion and enthusiasm, expressed in the processions, performances and other religious events, has made this festival so appealing and has played a major role in securing its status as a Festival of Tourist Interest in many locations.

Starting with the province of Alicante, we can highly recommend the Callosa de Segura Passion Play, with Tourist Interest status, or the Semana Santa de Crevillente, which was declared a Festival of International Tourist Interest in 2011.

However, one of the most famous events in the province of Alicante is the Semana Santa de Orihuela, a Festival of International Tourist Interest. The most unusual part of the Easter festival here is the "Santo Entierro" (the holy funeral), which takes place on Easter Saturday. This procession features one of the most original Easter Week images, known as "La Diablesa", a late 17th century allegory by Nicolás De Bussi depicting the devil in the shape of a nude female figure. Easter Week in Orihuela also includes the unique character of "El Caballero Cubierto", whose name refers to an ancient privilege whereby the gentleman in question was permitted to keep his head covered inside the church.

Easter Week events in the province of Valencia include processions in towns such as Sagunt and Alzira, which are also Festivals of National Tourist Interest. Sagunt has been celebrating Easter Week for over half a century and in Alzira, as well as the processions, you can admire the decorative "doseles" made by the brotherhoods and guilds for the processional images and floats depicting scenes from the Passion.

In the city of Valencia, the most popular Easter Week events take place around the maritime district. Known as the Semana Santa Marinera, the celebrations are centred in the neighbourhoods of Cabanyal, Canyamelar and Grau, and have been declared Festival of National Tourist Interest. The highlights of the week's programme are the impressive "Procesión del Silencio" (silent procession) on Holy Thursday and the "Santo Entierro" (holy funeral) on Good Friday, both of which gather the greatest numbers of guilds and spectators. The Easter Sunday procession is also worth watching.

Lastly, the province of Castellón has many processions and events, including the Semana Santa de Vila-real, one of the oldest in Castellón, plus the Rompida de la hora en l'Alcora, where the sound of drum and bass drum ring out on Good Friday at noon, joined by hundreds of drums all being played in unison.

 

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