Talking about Easter or the Holy Week in Spain (Semana Santa) has nothing to do with what some of us might envision: chocolate eggs, Easter bunnies or candies. Even though these traditions, popular in other countries, are currently winning followers, especially amongst children, Semana Santa is above all, a religious festivity which is passionately celebrated with religious processions, masses and music.
In Sigüenza, episcopal city par excellence, this could not be otherwise. The streets of the city are filled with parade floats, candles, crosses, and the sound of beating drums. On the floats, you may see grand statues of Jesus and the Virgin Mary or representations of Jesus’s crucifixion and other scenes from the Bible. They are proudly carried by the armaos on their shoulders, with grace and steadiness despite of the weight of the floats. Walking alongside, we may see the nazarenos, who dress in long robes and cone-shaped hoods, and the music bands, which create an intense soundtrack to the already impressive spectacle.
The festivities begin on Domingo de Ramos (Palm Sunday) and last until Lunes de Pascua (Easter Monday), but the most elaborate events and processions, are held on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. Wherever you are in the country, you will encounter a procession, which is by far one of the biggest Easter traditions in Spain.
Even though egg-hunting is not popular at all, we don’t miss out on sweet treats. Torrijas, the most popular choice, are made from bread, which is dipped in milk with honey, sugar and cinnamon, then coated in batter and finally sprinkled with sugar or drenched with honey.
Easter is an important time for families. Children don’t have class for the whole week and parents usually take a few days off to spend time together. Those not participating in the processions, will definitely go to watch them. As well as in 2020, this year no processions have taken place, but the spirit remains the same, hoping and praying for better times to come soon.