Best time to go to Seville

Semana Santa (Holy Week) & Easter 2020

Holy Week has its traditions so special to Seville

Semana Santa (Holy Week) & Easter in Seville 2019 - Best Time
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Sandra Vallaure

One of the greatest annual festivals in Seville is celebrated in the week leading up to Easter. Colorful action consists of processions in which enormous ‘pasos’ (floats) are carried around the streets by teams of ‘costaleros’ (bearers) followed by hundreds of ‘nazarenos’ (penitents).

Many women wear lace Mantillas during Semana Santa in Seville. These beautiful veils are exceptionally delicate and detailed. It's not easy to fit them in place, as you have to weave your hair around the comb to keep a mantilla from falling.

La Saeta is a religious song which performers sing during the procession. This acapella singing is the most emotional thing for many locals. To sing la saeta is a great honor, and only the best performers get this opportunity. The entire crowd stands in complete silence listening to the song.

Penitents during the Semana Santa in Seville 2019
Penitents during the Semana Santa in Seville

Thousands of people on the streets are lined up waiting to catch a glimpse of the processions and to become a part of the most awaited event in the city. Semana Santa is a religious happening, that's why the mood and the processions change due to the day of the calendar. From sad and solemn when honoring last days and passion of Jesus Christ to cheerful and happy when celebrating the resurrection.