Nineteen Fraternities and Brotherhoods, nine bands of cornets and drums and musical unions, and more than three thousand members of the brotherhood, march along the streets of the city, accompanying forty two statues in the eleven processions which are held.
During Lent, preceding the Holy Week, the Masses of the Brotherhood of Los Besamanos, Via Crucis, Triduums and the rest of Tributes to the Statues which are celebrated by Fraternities and Brotherhood.
There are other activities cultural activities which are celebrated before Holy Week, more than 30: Announcement of the Nazarene of the Year, Presentation of the announcer poster of Holy Week, Magazine-Programme of Holy Week, Photography exhibitions and concerts....
The Real Cabildo Superior de Cofradía Pasionarias (Real Chapter of Passionate Fraternities), together with all the fraternities and with the company of citizens, celebrates each year the Holy Week, characterised by its order and religiosity. It offers some unique processions which differentiate it, such as the processión of the "Farolicos" (Little Lampposts), the touching events of "La Cortesía" (The Courtesy) and ¿El Encuentro¿ (The Encounter), the "Enterramiento de Cristo" (Burial of Christ) and the unrivalled processión of "La Soledad" (Virgin of Loneliness). The traditional heritage of this processions, the effort of the Chapter and the Fraternities and Yecla citizens emotionally involved in these events, have make the Holy Week of Yecla to be declared as event of Tourist Interest.
The first processions were made during the period of Felipe II. During the 17th century, the first penitents with cloaks appeared, as well as the Fraternities of the Virgin of Loneliness and the Brotherhood of the Cross. In the 18th century, before the processión of the Burial of Christ, two sermons were made: the one of the Descent and the Loneliness. This procession of the Burial was the origin of the processions as they are known nowadays and they take its final form during the second half of the 19th century. They have been evolving throughout the years.
Holy Week in Yecla has a great artistic heritage consisting of embroideries, goldsmithing and woodcarving, among which 80 statues which participate in the 11 processions celebrated in Cieza stand out. The most ancient statue of our Holy Week is the Virgin of the Distress (Salzillo 1763) declared as good of cultural interest. Great part of this heritage can be observed during the year in the Museo de Semana Santa (Holy Week Museum) located in the Iglesia Vieja (Old Church)
Religion, tradition and culture are bring together in the Holy Week in Yecla and make it unique. This uniqueness is shown in the streets for its colouring, seclusion and prayers, together with the devotion of all the citizens, who have being loyal to these customs and traditions for more than two centuries.