IT´S NO SECRET THAT EASTER in Spain is held in significantly high regard, and each year the country hosts spectacular parades in every village, town, and city across the nation.
Our neighbouring Mediterranean coastal city of Torrevieja is no exception, and this year the Costa Blanca´s southern capital is pulling out all the stops to provide a religious and cultural spectacle that will dazzle the crowds.
The Torrevieja Easter parades and the accompanying fiestas are a faithful tradition, with breathtaking processions that encompass and showcase the enchanting magic of Spanish culture and Catholic religious mystery.
The celebrations last one full week, culminating with some truly sensational parades throughout the city this weekend.
The Easter processions that wind their way through the bustling streets of Torrevieja´s metropolis have their roots firmly in Middle Age Spain, with the adoption of widespread religious rituals popularised during the Baroque Period.
The processions are typified by solemn brotherhoods and religious fraternities of both men and women that dress in traditional robes known as the “Nazareno”.
Easter in Torrevieja: traditions with ancient roots
The ancient penitential garment consists of a tunic, a cloak, and a foreboding hood with a conical tip used to conceal the face of the wearer.
The type of garment worn depends on the particular procession, and the exact colour and form of the Nazareno are determined by the religious colours and crest of the brotherhood or fraternity.
The largest procession of Holy Week takes place tomorrow night. The “Procesión Viernes Santo” involves 15 local brotherhoods and an audience of tens of thousands, who will watch the parade depart the Parroquia Arciprestal de la Inmaculada Concepción at 8:00 pm.
Saturday´s procession starts somewhat earlier at 5:30 pm. The “Tamborada: Sabado de Gloria” is one of the larger processions, and exceptionally popular with local residents and tourists alike.
The parade winds through the streets of Torrevieja and celebrates Christ´s victory over death, beginning in Calle del Mar and finishing with three laps of the Plaza de la Constitución.
Torrevieja Easter parades: the dates for this weekend
You´ll need to be an early riser to catch Sunday´s procession, with the “Domingo de Resurreccion” starting at 8:00 am. The parade concludes the Easter fiestas and celebrates the rising of Jesus Christ.
Starting as a solemn march through the city´s streets, the procession ends on a joyful note, with rousing live music from the Unión Musical Torrevejense brass band, a shower of flower petals, the ringing of church bells, and fire-crackers thrown in the street.
Despite the early hour, the procession is well attended, with people coming to enjoy the infectious emotion that emerges from the passionate style in which Torrevieja celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
You can find full details of the Easter processions in Torrevieja including detailed route maps, by visiting the official Torrevieja Tourist Office website.
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