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Holy Week in Sevilla
From: 2014.04.17 To: 2014.04.24
Strictly speaking this is a religious festival, but judging by the carousing and overflowing bars this isn't your typical Sunday mass. Semana Santa involves weekly processions departing from churches around the city that snake their way through the city starting in the early afternoon. On the Thursday, the local women wear black and it's considered disrespectful for tourists to wear T-shirts and shorts. The morning of Good Friday is the climax, when the procession leaves the churches at midnight and move through the town for most of the night. The highlight is the arrival at the cathedral in the early hours of the morning. Without doubt the local heroes of the night are the lads who carry the thrones. Always hidden away in Seville, but you might catch a glimpse when they pop out for a well earned drink. For months beforehand, the bands practice their short, fervent flamenco style hymns about the Passion and the Virgin's sorrows throughout the city.