Easter Week in Malaga
Easter Week in Malaga is one of the most important typical festivals in Malaga, since the people of Malaga share a culture of religious fraternities, making this a great tourist attraction for visitors. In addition, it is one of the largest celebrations in Andalusia and Spain since on every day except Saturday more than six confraternities parade through the streets of the city of Malaga.
The origins of Easter Week in Malaga
The origins of Easter Week in Malaga go back to the conquest of Malaga by the Catholic Kings when, after centuries of Muslim tradition, they wanted to re-establish Christianity as a religion in the city. To this end they began to create new parishes and the priests began to promote the worship of images to encourage the conversion of the inhabitants of the city.
For centuries, the celebration has evolved in line with the historical times, and if there is anything it stands out for today, it is because of the large variety of images, sculptural styles, forms of procession or even the way it is experienced; and if anything can be said of Easter Week in Malaga, it is that it is essentially more cultural than religious.
Main processions during Easter Week in Malaga
El Cautivo (The Captive)
Despite being one of the more austere tronos (as each of the images is called), this figure of Christ in chains wearing a long white tunic seems to be walking through the night on the Monday of Easter Week in Malaga. It is also the one that gathers most devotees and penitents.
La Legión (The Legion)
This is, without a doubt, the procession that generates the greatest expectation, since Cristo de la Buena Muerte (Christ of the Good Death) is accompanied by a group of soldiers from the Legion exhibiting their weapons and singing the famous song "El Novio de la Muerte” (The Bridegroom of Death). Furthermore, both the landing in the port of Malaga and the transfer of Christ are a genuine spectacle of Malaga’s Easter Week that is even broadcast on television.
This figure symbolises the pain of the Virgin Mary after the death of her son and, therefore, as the procession passes through the streets of Malaga on Good Friday, all the lights go out. The gloomy, silent environment that is generated is impressive and, therefore, we highly recommend that you stay up late to watch the departure of the procession at midnight.
Legend has it that at the time of the Second Republic, when the burning of convents took place, the residents in the neighbourhood of La Victoria, who were devotees of this image, hid her in a bridal shop, as if she were a mannequin. Since then, she has been known as the Bride of Malaga and both the floral decorations and the clothing of this statue are white.
Her journey through the streets takes place on Holy Tuesday, but if you want to see her you must take into account that during Easter Week in Malaga this is one of the confraternities that starts earliest and therefore also finishes earliest.
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El Rico (The Rich)
The procession of Cristo del Rico (Christ of the Rich) on Holy Wednesday involves the pardon of a prisoner, as marked by tradition. But don't worry, these are always people who have committed minor offences and their sentence ends a couple of months early at most.
This is traditionally known as the confraternity of children, since most of the Nazarenes that participate in the procession are children. This is the first that comes out on Palm Sunday, so this represents the opening of Easter Week in Malaga.
As in the case of El Rocío, this confraternity is known for its legend, which says that the outlaw Juan Zamarrilla hid under the skirts of the Virgin to avoid other bandits who were trying to kill him. When they did not discover him, he nailed a white rose to the chest of the figure to show his appreciation, and this became stained with red.
In line with this legend, the image of this virgin is carried every Maundy Thursday with a rose and a dagger deep in her chest.
La Esperanza (Hope)
In general, this is one of the most venerated images in all Andalusia, but in Malaga it is notable because it after the passage of the trono, rosemary that has been blessed is handed out, and the most faithful keep it to bring them luck.
These processions are some of the most important during Easter Week in Malaga, but almost all have their charm and something that makes them different. So, if you are lucky enough to visit the city at this time, don't forget to go to Easter Week in Malaga and enjoy it to the full.
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