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Easter in Spain

On Friday, school will finish for Easter week (Semana Santa), the biggest religious celebration in Spain.  Hundreds of towns and villages throughout Spain will hold elaborate processions throughout the week with marching bands, and people carrying huge thrones (tronos) with religious figures on top.  Many of the people in the processions will have their faces covered.  Traditionally, this means that they are penitents, people who want to make up for doing something they shouldn’t have done.  Women often wear a black mantilla, a beautiful veil made of lace and worn with a comb on the back of the head.

Easter week photos

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Woman in black mantilla, Alicante

Woman in black mantilla, Alicante

Penitents carrying trono, Alicante

Penitents carrying trono, Alicante

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