Holy week in Malaga is a tradition which dated back to the Catholic Monarchs, for over five hundred years.
Holy Week begins with the dawn of Palm Sunday, when thousands of children with palms take to the Streets to welcome and then to follow the “Pollincia” the society responsible for the first of Malaga’s Easter processions. An honour it also shares with Cofradia de Lagrimas y Favours. Later that evening six other societies also begin their processional routes.
Holy Week is a melting pot of different feelings and the tourist should not miss the fervor, joy and self expression exhibited towards the inhabitants of the Capuchinos district towards their religious figures as the society carries its float back to the temple.
Monday - The Cofradia de Jesus Cautivo takes centre stage, the statue of Christ dressed in a white tunic is also one of the main attractions for the religious devotees in an impressive cortege in excess of 30,000 penitents. An equally popular procession is that of Los Gitanos a gypsy society statue of Christ is known popularly as “Manue” also attracts a large following.
Tuesday - Another of Malaga’s Holy Week deepest rooted and most unusual traditions is the Cofradia de Las Penas parades, a statue dressed in a cloak of flowers. Flowers were used as money was not available for an embroidered garment, this majestic display is a perfect complement to the prcession whose float bearing the statue of Christ is one of the largest carried during Malaga’s Holy Week, while the Statue of the Virgin Mary is the only one fashioned in gothic style. Also another spectacular procession is the “Bride of Málaga” which receives popular acclaim as it passes before a flight of steps known as the Poor Peoples Seats.
Wednesday – This is the day when a criminal is freed this is a 200 year old tradition and one of the most emotive moments of the week. Another sight not to be missed is the passing of the Maria Santisima de la Paloma’s society’s float, which is one of the finest in its design and the quality of its figures.
Thursday – The biggest day of Malaga’s Holy Week features 7 different societies each with its own special character, the float of Corfradia de la Esperanza arguably one of the favorites of the people of Malaga. With its richly adorned floats, and costumes wind their way through the streets over carpets of rosemary.
Good Friday- The eight processions that take to the streets are marked with a deep sense of mourning, one particularly solemn moment comes at the end of Cofradia del Descendimiento procession in which the status are flanked by candles as they are laid to rest in their chapel at the Hospital Nobel. An equally somber affair marks the end of the Cofradia de Monte Calvario procession whose images are carried slowly in a show of penitence to the highest point of the city. However, one of the most worthy of the Good Friday Processions of the Corfradia del Sepulcro, whose image is set on a impressive granite catafalque.
Easter Sunday- This is marked by a single procession by Cristo Restucitado society, which sees the streets filled with light once more on the final morning of Holy Week.