Easter in Spain: a unique cultural experience for the family

What memorable family things to do with kids in Spain during the Holy Week (Semana Santa)?  If you are here, you cannot miss it–the religious processions all week long. . .  everywhere!  In Andalucia such nazarenos (penitents’) parades are apparently much more glamorous than in the northern parts of Spain.  In Jerez de la Frontera, there are week-long processions of over 30 dedicated religious fraternities; many have their origins date back to the medieval ages.

These processions of worship happen 5 to 6 times a day, day and night into the wee hours of the morning, all over the city.  Each would take hours to depart from and return to their parishes.  Each has its pasos (floats) with sculptures of Jesus, Mary and scenes from the Passion of the Christ, some as old as the hermandades (brotherhoods) themselves.  This is a cultural and educational experience for the entire family, whether you are a Catholic or not,  believer or not. . . with children or not.

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