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HOLY
WEEK IN
LORCA
> WHAT TO DO > FESTIVITIES AND FESTIVALS > > HOLY WEEK > HOLY WEEK LORCA 2016

Declared of International Tourist Interest

There is no other Holy Week as the Holy Week in Lorca. Its originality lies in the spectacular nature of its great biblical and passionate processions; the chariot races and the outstanding embroideries made of gold and silk which decorate banners and capes.

In Lorca there are two main groups: "Blancos" (whites) and "Azules" (blues), colours which identify the main brotherhoods of the city. Devotion is evidenced by "salves" (Marian hymns) and "serenatas" (serenades). Enthusiasm is shared in this city, Lorca, where nobody is a foreigner.

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THE MOST SPECIAL

The performance of scenes of the Old and New Testaments in which different historical characters are represented. These characters were related in some way to the life, passion and death of Christ, as well as with the triumph of Christianity over the rest of religions.

Another remarkable aspect of the Holy Week in Lorca is the portrayal of these characters with capes embroidered by hand with gold and silk. The same happens with the pallium of each throne and banners, which have been recognised as the first "Bienes de Interés Cultural" (Heritage of Cultural Interest) textiles.

Horses, chariots and floats finish composing these "Desfiles Bíblico Pasionales" (Biblical and Passionate Processions) which are marked by the Passion of Lorca's inhabitants and the rivalry between the main two brotherhoods: "Paso Blanco" and "Paso Azul".
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THE MOST OUTSTANDING PROCESSIONS

The most picturesque processions are at the same time the best known. These are Maundy Thursday and Good Friday of "Cortejo Histórico Bíblico" (Historical and Biblical Parade).

You will be able to enjoy them during the Friday before Palm Sunday and on Palm Sunday, in the "Carrera", located in the Av. Juan Carlos I, after having booked your seat.

The procession of greatest liturgical devotion is the Silence one, which is on Maundy Thursday at night in the Barrio de San Cristobal.
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WHERE TO SEE THE PROCESSIONS

You can see the processions on Friday before Palm Sunday, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday in the stands and box seats placed in the Avenida Juan Carlos I. If you are interested in booking a seat for the first two days, you should call to one of these two numbers of the brotherhoods: +34 968 47 20 77 and +34 968 46 18 13; and for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, you can book on the Internet through www.lorca.es

You will also have the opportunity to enjoy the Saturday before Palm Sunday procession in Plaza de España, calle Zapatería and calle Cava, and the Procesión del Silencio (Procession of Silence) on Maundy Thursday in the Barrio de San Cristóbal.
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NOT TO BE MISSED

After the procession of Good Friday, the Virgin of the Amargura (Grief) and the Virgin of the Dolores (Sorrow) are returned to the venues where they are stored.

Nor should you miss the flags collection in the calle Corredera an hour before this procession, and the leavings and entrances of thrones and statues in their respective venues.

Besides, do not forget to experience life on the streets of Lorca and in the box seats of the Passion, as well as the rivalry between Blancos and Azules.
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CURIOSITIES

Thrones and statues of the main brotherhoods (Paso Blanco and Paso Azul) are carried on the shoulders of "mayordomos portapasos" (people who carry the thrones). In general, Nazarenes are not barefoot and do not give sweets. Their embroideries in silk and gold are, from November 2014, official candidates to become "Patrimonio Cultural Inmaterial de la Humanidad" (Intangible Cultural Heritage).
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BEYOND HOODS

Once in Lorca, do not forget to visit the Fortaleza del Sol (Fortress of the Sun), where the Parque arqueológico de la judería (Archaeological park of the Jewry), whose main element is the ancient Synagogue, has been opened to the public. You will be able to stay in the Parador (Inn) built in this enclosure and enjoy an incomparable environment. And if you prefer, you could visit the beaches of Lorca, both unknown and interesting, or maybe you could let yourself fall into a baker's shop of the city and taste one of the most typical specialties, such as the "crespillos" (dough made of flour, salt, olive oil and paprika), the "picardias" (sweet with a hazelnut inside) or the "tortada" (a sponge cake dipped in syrup, covered with meringue and filled with custard cream and spaghetti squash jam).
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