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If there is one place in the world where Holy Week is lived with special devotion and intensity, it is undoubtedly in Andalusia, and Almuñécar, one of the oldest and most traditional towns in this region, is no exception.
For this reason, after two years in which it has not been possible to enjoy this festival declared of Tourist Interest in Andalusia due to the COVID19 pandemic, this year Easter Week returns to Almuñécar with more enthusiasm than ever.
Discover Almuñécar presents the Easter Week in Almuñécar, in this expected 2.022 the Celebration of the Passion of Christ will be from the 10th of April, which coincides with Palm Sunday, until Easter Sunday, which will be the 17th of the same month.
During that week, visitors and residents of Almuñécar will be able to enjoy the 16 processions carried out by the 15 brotherhoods of Almuñécar, which will parade with their respective thrones on the shoulders of their bearers, flooding every street and square of the historic centre of Almuñécar with intense devotion, all the passion and tradition involved in this deeply rooted religious celebration.
In addition, each procession will be accompanied well into the night by the impressive penitents, mantillas and other devotees.
Maundy Thursday is the afternoon when we can enjoy the three most important brotherhoods of the city: the Nazarene and the Virgins of the Sorrows and the Virgin of Hope. However, the following day, Good Friday, in the tradition of the town, “el Paso” (the Passage) is celebrated, which is an auto sacramental in which hundreds of people from Almuñécar, transformed into actors, represent the path of Christ along the Calle de la Amargura, which is one of the curiosities that makes Almuñécar’s Holy Week stand out above all others.
Its origins date back to the arrival of the carving of Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno y Nuestra Señora Virgen de los Dolores (Our Father Jesus of Nazareth and Our Lady of Sorrows) in the 16th century, making it a tradition that goes back more than five centuries.
Although it has also suffered some setbacks throughout the history of the municipality, for example, during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), many images were burnt, with the exception of the hands and head of the Virgen de los Dolores.
Five years after the war, the then Archbishop of Granada, Don Agustín Parrado García, encouraged all the towns in the province to resume the celebration of Holy Week. Specifically in Almuñécar, on the initiative of the parish priest José López Fernández, a Provisional Board was created, and a few years later the Association of Brotherhoods and Brotherhoods was founded.
At the end of the 20th century a large number of brotherhoods and sisterhoods were created, all of which are regulated by the Almuñécar Association of Easter Week Brotherhoods and Sisterhoods, in which all the brotherhoods are registered except the Brotherhood of La Soledad.
As well as being a Festival of National Tourist Interest in Andalusia, in 2008 the “El Paso” Celebration was awarded the Tourism of Granada prize.
If you want to enjoy the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Christ as you have never done before, feel all the devotion and get to know the ancient customs of something more than just a religious festival, don’t forget to visit Almuñécar, the oldest city in the Spanish Mediterranean this Easter, we are waiting for you with open arms.