Easter (Semana Santa)

From: Granada Festivals and Events 2016-2017

See also: Granada CarnivalDay Of The Cross

Easter (Semana Santa)
Easter celebrations in Granada feature beautiful religious processions that travel through the streets leading to the Cathedral.

Different religious brotherhoods known as cofradia's take great pride in their processions which carry the statues of Jesus and the Virgin Mary upon beautifully decorated litters which are carried by sometimes as many as 40 people known as costaleros from their home parish to the Cathedral and then back again.

Accompanying each procession are marching bands and nazarenos who wear traditional black clothing and carry candles and crosses along with the penitents who wear distinctive pointed black, red or white hoods over robes with masks that cover their faces. Each procession is carefully planned and well rehearsed and taken very seriously by all involved.

Some of the most impressive processions take to the streets around the Alayzin area of the city as well as the Sacromonte hills where several bonfires are lit both in and near to the caves to light the way. Another impressive procession often takes place on Good Friday at 3 o'clock within the Campo del Principe from one of the oldest brotherhoods known as the Soledad de San Jerónimo and involves people dressed up as historical figures forming the procession.

Many Easter events take place on Palm Sunday (Domingo de Ramos), Holy Wednesday (Miercoles Santo), Maundy Thursday, Good Friday (Viernes Santo), Holy Saturday (Sabado Santo) and Easter Sunday (Domingo Santo).

Date Of Easter
Easter is a moveable feast that takes place annually around March /April time and takes place on the first Sunday following the Paschal Moon or first day of Spring.

There are events taking place throughout the city with processions often travelling to the Cathedral and past areas such as the City Hall, from areas that include Sacromonte and Albaycan.

Travel Guide
Easter Week affects different areas of the city with travel often disrupted around the Cathedral.