Malaga is one of the most popular destinations in Spain, birthplace of Pablo Picasso, where the Mediterranean Sea delights us with its wonderful beaches and a rich gastronomy which makes this city a great destination for spring days.
Also, if you visit the centre of Malaga during Easter, you'll enjoy celebrations that have been declared of tourist interest. These celebrations have centuries of history and a great artistic wealth in the Easter processions. Literally hundreds of Brotherhoods pass the figure of Jesus and the Virgin, as well as other scenes of the passion and resurrection of Christ meanwhile large amounts of tourists and devotees crowd the streets.
Easter (Holy Week) in Malaga is the perfect opportunity to discover this religious tradition. During these days, brotherhoods continuously display their sacred representations along the streets in the popular processions.
During Holy Week in Malaga you will find colourful streets and aroma of incense and a large number of people who follow this celebration which one of the most important events in Andalusia.
If you want to enjoy this event and at the same time find a relaxing destination, where you can get away from everything we recommend looking for accommodation near the old town. It is the perfect location to enjoy the festive atmosphere of the city but without stress, and you have the opportunity to explore every corner of Malaga and the province.
If you want to visit the centre of Malaga during the Easter Week it is advisable to use the public transport.
Remember that if you missed the Holy Week in Malaga in 2017, you can still plan to visit next year 2018.
As far as the history of Holy Week is known, it goes back to the processions that carried out the Greek people with carriages, images and music with the purpose of worshiping their gods; the Catholic Church took these events in addition to the influence of the Roman Empire and its military marches giving place to the so-called processions with the symbol of the cross instead of the Roman standard. During the early Christian processions were transported the remains of martyrs.
The origin of the guilds was in the group of people in charge of taking care of the remains of martyrs in their sanctuaries during the centuries V and VI; these guilds began to gain weight and importance from the eighth century and emerged by those founded by ethnic origin or trade union from the twelfth century.
In the early seventeenth century is set the use of a mask for all those involved in penance remaining anonymous.
Easter as celebrated in Spain, takes a single nuance given by the Catholic influence where is allowed the worship of images, possibly under the influence of Roman polytheism; these representations were introduced by the different brotherhoods from the seventeenth century.
The first processions in Spain had penitents flagellate their backs to find salvation through punishment, a practice that has disappeared but can still be found in some towns in Spain.
After the Civil War in the twentieth century when a coup ended the established government, was formed a National Catholic government; Catholicism became mandatory and military events were added during the celebration of Holy Week, today is popular the Parade of Legionaries
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