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Festivals in Andalucia Note that due to the Coronavirus restrictions in Spain and Andalucia all the traditional festivals and parades have been cancelled at least until April 2021. This includes the emblamatic Seville Spring Fair. Some smaller events are still taking place if the organisors are able to ensure social distancing. Keep up to date with the latest info about Coronavirus in Andalucia, Spain.


Members of the Cofradías carrying the floats through the streets.
Members of the Cofradías carrying the floats through the streets.

Glossary of Holy Week terms

Capa - The cape worn in Holy Week processions..

Capirote - the cone-shaped head dress worn in Holy Week processions.

Capuz - the part of the head dress that covers the face of those participating in Holy Week processions.

Cofradías - Catholic groups dedicated to religious training, worship and charity that focus on penitence and show their penitence publicly during Semana Santa processions as they carry floats through the streets.

Costaleros - members of "Cofradías" who carry the floats through the streets.

Faja - a type of belt that float bearers wear in order to protect their backs as they carry the heavy Holy Week floats through the streets.

Imagen - life size representations of Jesús and Mary that are paraded through the streets.

Pasos - The actual processions that parade through the streets of towns and cities throughout the country.

Penitente - also called a "Nazareno". These participants are traditionally supposed to be doing public penance.

Pregón - speeches given throughout Holy Week and also at different points during the year.

Pregonero - a person who delivers a "pregón" speech.

Procesión - the parades of "pasos" (see definitions) that make their way through the streets in Holy Week.

Saeta - soulful, throaty, passionate songs sung acapella in the streets during Holy Week.

Túnica - the robe that Nazarenos wear under their capes.



Watch a Semana Santa procession


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