|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