We use the terms"distinctive", "different" and even "exceptional" when referring to Lorca's, Cartagena's or Murcia's Holy Week. Regarding Jumilla, the concept of Passion over there has little to do with that concept in those other places, and this represents an invitation for the visitor to experience the wide range of possibilities offered by Región de Murcia when it comes to celebrations and traditions. Jumilla, not forgetting its roots from Levante -southeastern Spain-, seems to look towards the plateau of Castilla, where a great sobriety prevails. Still, its sobriety, austerity and strictness do not mean a lack of show. Jumilla is full of moderate, concentrated show, intensity and total devotion. Its processions and its people conserve the spirit of the Middle Ages with which they were born: the didactic work implied by this martyr exhibition. It was necessary to explain what the death of Christ was and how and why it took place, together with the biblical verses. There was nobody better than the Franciscan order -that settled in Jumilla with a missionary vocation- to make it possible that, even before the 15th Century, the celebration of processions were much more than the images' leaving of the temples.
Almost each day of the Holy Week, apart from the processions, something significant takes place: public representations of Christ's capture, thrones and images being moved from their Churches of origin to the processions' starting points, traditional opening speeches, or the romería -pilgrimage-, either from San Agustín Hermitage or from Santa Ana Monastery (a place worth a visit, counting on craggy approaches and with a view to a privileged spot). During the day or night Brotherhoods' routes, those visiting Jumilla will have the impression that they are surrounded by a new and amazing atmosphere. During the day, due to the sky's intensity, which multiplies the singularity of anything that may happen. At night, since the smell of flowers and burnt wax, together with the hurt and rhythmic music in some narrow streets, are responsible for pictures that are as powerful as time travel.