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HOLY
WEEK IN
MURCIA
18 MAR / 27 MAR 2016
> WHAT TO DO > FESTIVITIES AND FESTIVALS > > HOLY WEEK > HOLY WEEK MURCIA 2016

Declared of International Tourist Interest

Carvings of Salzillo, the essence of the "huerta" - vegetable garden - and Nazarenes giving out sweets, Easter cakes and other presents, make this Holy Week unique in our country.

In Murcia, there are brotherhoods whose origin is from the late Middle Ages, when at the beginning of the 15th century a plague and famine lessened a population which searched in faith prompt solutions.

Over the years the number of brotherhoods increased, and currently there are 16 that have thousands of "estantes" (people who carry the thrones) and penitent Nazarenes.

MORE INFORMATION:

> Official Web Real y Muy Ilustre Cabildo Superior de Cofradias de Murcia pdf

THE MOST SPECIAL

Murcia's generosity, present in almost all processions, brings back to life times in which brotherhood members used to give out food to the most needy. The union of artistic and spiritual dimensions of the different processions.

Moves of thrones to the Church where processions start.

Seeing the thrones exposed in the Church during the morning, before the beginning of the procession, and seeing the "camareras" (women in charge of caring about thrones and statues details) dressing and decorating the thrones.

Brotherhoods' calls the days prior to the procession. Some make "carros bocina" (horns carried with wheels) and "tambores sordos" (muffled drums) sound, whereas others count with the accompaniment of musical bands.
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THE MOST OUTSTANDING PROCESSIONS

The most remarkable procession is Good Friday procession, the one of "Los Salzillos" (the works of sculptor Salzillo), in which four thousand Nazarenes take part among penitents, "mayordomos" (members of brotherhoods), "estantes" (Murcian Nazarenes dressed in a particular way), promises and horns sections, who are dressed in a purple robe and carry real pieces of art made by the Murcian sculptor Francisco Salzillo Alcaraz in the 18th century.

The one of greatest devotion is the Procesión del Silencio (Procession of Silence) on Maundy Thursday, which starts in the Church of San Lorenzo and covers its route with the street lightening off and gathered by the astonishing silence of Nazarenes and spectators. A silence which is only interrupted by the singing of choirs or choral societies, the singing of the "Aurora" (a chant sung at dawn), saetas and "tuna" (student music groups), in honour of the Crucified.

Another procession of great devotion is the procession of Our Father Jesús of Rescate (Rescue), on Good Tuesday. The main traits of retinue are sobriety and austerity. With a penitential style, it highlights strict order and silence of Nazarenes and the lack of sweets and other objects during the processional route.

Undoubtedly, the most picturesque and popular procession is Los Coloraos, on Good Wednesday. With more than three thousand Nazarenes, a special feature of this procession is having a large number of children who head the retinue. It is characterised by sweets and presents giving, as well as tender broad beans and other products which inform against the link between the "huertanos" (people from this Region) and Archconfraternity of the "Preciosísima Sangre de Nuestro Señor Jesucristo".
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NOT TO BE MISSED

The "Paseo de la Burrica y el Demonio" walk. In this walk children, who are dressed like angels, carry the Evil chained on Easter Sunday.

Living the atmosphere of the streets during "Los Salzillos" procession.
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WHERE TO SEE THE PROCESSIONS

In the "Plaza del Cardenal Belluga" square, an amazing scenery for the route of the statues, provides as background the Cathedral of Santa María and the Palacio Episcopal (the Episcopal Palace).

And also in narrower streets, where we can see Nazarenes' expertise carrying the throne.
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CURIOSITIES

From Nazarenes' paunches come out all sort of presents, from fresh broad beans to sweets, from sweet buns to hard boiled eggs and holy cards. Famous "pastillas" (a type of Murcian sweets) are also traditional, and details like brooches, pins and other trinkets.

Thrones are carried on shoulders and some penitents go barefoot and carry crosses.

The "carros bocina" (horns carried with wheels) of Toque de la Burla, on Good Wednesday and Friday.

Don't forget to carry a bag to keep all presents.

A typical sweet of these days is the "Mona de Pascua" (Easter cakes with a hard boiled egg). And a snack, tender broad beans, though there are Nazarenes who even give out "pulguitas" (little filled crusty sandwiches) and dry sausages.
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BEYOND HOODS

Visiting the cathedral, which on these days receives the saint patron of Murcia, the Virgin of La Fuensanta.

Living the street atmosphere and enjoying Murcian typical "tapeo" (going round to bars to have a snack).

Going to the sanctuary of La Fuensanta and enjoying one of the best panorama of the Murcian capital from the mountain.

Getting around the city in the tourist bus, although it is advisable to do it in the morning, to enjoy processions in the afternoon, and because many streets will be closed.
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