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Two girls wait to see how the older brotherhood members enter the thrones in the Pollinica's headquarters after the Palm Sunday procession in Malaga
A penitent from the Our Gracious Father Jesus holds the brotherhood standard for the procession of Palm Sunday in the inland village of Sierra de Yeguas.
Butlers carry the throne of Christ resurrected through a street during the procession, called the Kid of the orchard in Juzcar on Easter Sunday morning. Photo: Xabier Mikel Laburu.
A kid dressed as penitent stares to the camera during the procession of Christ on the Cross and Virgin Mary of Pace that takes place the evening of moundry thursday in Villanueva de Tapia. Photo: Xabier Mikel Laburu.
Way of the cross in Benarraba, Spain.
A woman follows throne of the Virgin of Sorrow dressed in black as sign of grief and witht he typical "mantilla" (a kind of herdressing) while the procession moves through the nerrow streets of the village of Frigiliana during the Friday prior to the Easter Holly Week.
Children dressed as penitents wait for the start of the procession in Frigiliana, Spain.
The Júzcar (Spain) procession stops at the local cemetery to pay tribute to the dead.
Hoods of the Pollinica Brotherhood stand on a bench waiting to be piked up by their owners before the procession of Palm Sunday in Malaga.
With an ancestral tradition started at the time of the Catholic Kings, for more than 500 years the Holy Week has been kept in the religious and popular feeling of the people of Malaga. It is an spectacular event of religious, social and cultural character that attracts millions of visitors each year to Malaga city, but the peculiar traditions of the villages of the province hardly survive.
Every village in the province dresses their streets unfolding a popular genuine religious feeling to commemorate the passion, the death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ through an intensive week of liturgical activities. But for Malaga inhabitants, the Holy Week is much more than that. It is abstract but tangible at the same time. It is to feel faith, the respect and the devotion from the inside, sometimes with deafening joy, and sometimes with the sepulchral silence. The Holy Week attracts kids, youngsters, adults and seniors of all social condition, that gather together to see the thrones, lightening candles with nerves and emotion. It is the faithful reflection of the grief felt as a whole, the loneliness, the anguish, the hope, the charity, the expiation and the good death. It is the Christian faith at its maximum expression. But one thing is true, everyone lives it in his own way, but all with those common feelings.
Opposed to the enormous thrones and the massive processions, in the small villages old allegoric images of the Passion of Christ siting on modest paces are seen, without ostentation or crowds. This is the other Holy Week in Malaga, the one that opens the way to humbleness and to unique traditions that tend to go extinct due to lack of resources. All share moments of brotherhoods and penitents that give light and color with their candles and dressings through the itinerary of the procession, following the compass of the procession marches that fill the atmosphere with the peculiar music of the Holy Week, and with the characteristic smell of incense and flowers.
Tears that one can not know if they are for joy or sadness, mantillas, hoods and tunics that give sense to the long wait to see the processions, that every year are condensed in seven days of intense religious feeling, seclusion, soul searching and the maximum respect to the Christian tradition.
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