EASTER IN SEVILLA 2018
Have you decided to come to Seville during Holy Week? Well, get ready to live a sensory show unique to any religious festival you may have experienced before. But for this you must take into account some important issues so as not to feel strange or know some terms that will make it easier to dive into the most important week of Seville.
Let's start with the basic vocabulary of Holy Week in Seville:
- They are not processions, in Seville we are going to see brotherhoods.
- The images of the brotherhood go in steps, and weigh hundreds of kilos. The step where the image of the Virgin goes is the Paso de Palio.
- The costaleros are the men who carry the steps in weight. Only with a sack (hence its name) between the step and them.
- The Nazarenes are the brothers who form the brotherhoods and are making a season of penance. No joke for their clothing and are key to the iconography of Seville.
- The music that sounds and that in Seville is often said, "accompanying" the steps are called marches.
- The Cross of Guide is the beginning of a brotherhood; From the moment it appears until the whole brotherhood passes, it can be a long time, sometimes hours. During that time he enjoys everything that is around, because it is a show that has long been rehearsed and that Seville has achieved the perfect balance.
- Bulla, agglomeration of people at a given time on the street, especially before and after passing a brotherhood. Do not fight against it, let yourself go and do not get overwhelmed.
Once you know the basic vocabulary of Holy Week in Seville, we are going to give you important tips you should keep in mind if you come to see us during that week:
- Prepare a suitcase with comfortable clothes and shoes, but elegant, no sports clothes or shorts and flip flops. That's Sevilla is frowned upon and you'll notice for miles that you're not Seville. Oh! And do not forget something warm. In Seville, spring nights are fresh.
- Do not improvise. Do not go out without knowing what church you want to visit, if you go in the morning to tour temples or which brotherhood you want to see during the afternoon. Always have the Holy Week Program at hand. If you stay at our establishments, be it Hotel Murillo or Apartamentos Murillo we can provide you with the programs. This week everything is slower, there are many streets cut and many people like you are watching Holy Week, so plan.
- Patience. As we said before there are many people in the streets of Seville, trying as you see the processions. So be patient if you get involved in a "bulla" or if you have to go more slowly from one place to another.
- Finally, do not forget that it is a religious festival. Although Seville has managed to create the perfect mixture between religious and profane devotion, never forget that it is a religious festival. No applause or shout ole, even if you get overwhelmed with emotion.
And our most important advice, enjoy everything the city offers you these days. You will see recollection and tumult, you will be surprised by the smell of orange blossom, with a dark street full of Nazarenes with lighted candles, a march that will stay in your memory for a lifetime ... and you alone! Enjoy!