Have you ever experienced the magic of spending Holy Week in Granada? In our city those seven days are lived with passion, love, suffering and a lot of culture.
The Holy week begins on Palm Sunday, which this year will be April 10, with the procession of the Borriquita, and ends Easter Sunday. The party has an international tourist interest and every night there is a unique show. Granada in this special period presents thirty-two processions, with more than two thousand bearers.
As I have already said, Palm Sunday begins the week of passion with the popular Borriquilla and four fraternities that will perform penitence station to the doors of the Cathedral. On Holy Monday the neighborhoods live the beginning of the week with great devotion and the youngest of their fraternities leaves the Zaidin. On the other hand, the protagonist of Holy Tuesday is Plaza Nueva that opens its doors to San Gil and Sta. Ana. During Wednesday there is a great day in Realejo, where our school is located, and Sacromonte, where people live the passion of Jesus after dawn, with the Christ of the Gypsies. During the week also the Albaicín participates even if just on Thursday, the day of the last supper. This area becomes a hive of people going up and down and everyone wants to see the Star, the Aurora, and the Concha. Despite everything, someone claims that on Holy Friday the true heart of Granada is Campo del Príncipe. Friday is a day of prayer and silence; the oldest fraternity, that of the Solitude of Saint Jerome, parades in a very colorful procession in which live characters representing historical figures of the Bible, appear.
Holy Week is approaching its end with the Holy Saturday where all the inhabitants of Granada dedicate their eyes to the Lady of the Alhambra who descends from her Temple by the spectacular walk of the Nasrid enclosure.Resurrection Sunday has finally arrived! A thousand bells ring in the same rhythm and the week closes with the procession of the “facundillos”. Children carry “facundillos” (lanterns) of mud that tinkle continuously.
During Holy Week, abstinence continues in Granada, but the people of here have managed to turn it into a something delicious. As you cannot eat meat, cod stews are the most typical of Lenten cuisine. You usually eat cod also in substantial stew of vigilia, in slices with tomato, in boladillos, in rice flavored by a light footprint of cumin powder… another protagonist is the egg! Above all, stuffed eggs with tuna and crumbs without meat and chickpeas with spinach
Anyone who likes sweets and desserts will be left open-mouthed! Torrijas with Alpujarra honey, wine or syrup is very common. In addition, there are a lot of donuts’ sweet varieties.
There is very little left to live this magic after two years of total silence because of the pandemic. We can’t wait for the moment, can you? If you are interested in attending the events of Holy Week, here you can find the complete program! We are waiting for you in our school!