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Good Friday Processionals Malaga

By Monday, May 12, 2014 , , ,

The week before Easter (Holy Week, Passion Week or Semana Santa) in Southern Spain is famous for it's processions of Tronos (thrones resembling parade-style floats) carried by hundreds that wind their way through the streets.

We flew into Malaga on Good Friday, and had planned to see the processions on their final night in Malaga, however we found there was no water in our apartment in Benalmadena upon arrival, and that threw a wrench into our plans. After frantically trying to talk to the neighbors in my horrible mix of Spanish, English and German, getting a hold of my parents in the US, inquiring at hostels and on e disastrous attempt at finding a cheap hotel somewhere near the airport, we were pleasantly surprised to find that Benalmadena has it's own processionals, passing right by our apartment complex.

Holy Week, Passion Week, Semana Santa Malaga Processional Good Friday Penitents Holy Week, Passion Week, Semana Santa Malaga Processional Good Friday Penitents


The processions themselves were comprised of military bands, Tronos, and the strange Penitents in hoods that were traditionally used to conceal the identities of those seeing penance. As an American they reminded me unsettlingly of the KKK costumes, with their white robes, covered faces and tall pointed hats. And although I logically knew there was no connection, it still have the processional a rather eery, occult feel to it. 


Holy Week, Passion Week, Semana Santa Malaga Processional Good Friday Penitents


The processions in and near Malaga are unique in Southern Spain in that they are not quiet, solemn affairs, but rather full of rifle spinning colour guard performances and flourishing trumpets, although everyone fell silent as a sole woman's song carried through the streets without accompaniment.


I'm guessing the goat was the mascot. At one point he tried to knock over his handler.


The Tronos are carried by members of religious brotherhoods, who walk in perfect synchronization, the huge float swaying back and forth with each step. Candles flicker and the scent of incense wafts down as the religious icons pass by the crowds. Every once in a while they stop, and the brotherhood puts down the Throno, shake hands with the spectators and hurry into nearby taparias and bars for a quick bathroom break.

Holy Week, Passion Week, Semana Santa Malaga Processional Good Friday Tronos

Holy Week, Passion Week, Semana Santa Malaga Processional Good Friday Tronos


We finished the evening with some seafood and beer, and returned to our hostel for the night.


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