You can even enjoy better the Semana Santa in Malaga learning about these curiosities
Every spring, Andalusian cities are decorated to celebrate one of the biggest religious feasts. Walking through their streets is a true delight. It’s one of the best dates to enjoy our tours in which we show corners with overwhelming beauty, light and scents. And especially during the passion week, the Brotherhoods that organise the processions, manage to mix devotion and history under an incomparable frame of certain legends and curiosities. Here we will show some of them:
- While the rest of the Andalusian provinces call the thrones “pasos” , in Málaga and its province they are called “tronos”. Its magnitude is rather recognizable and in some cases a throne can weigh up to five tons. There is not an obvious reason as to why this difference exists. One of the theories says it’s about the assembling out of the churches. Not being limited by the dimensions of the doors to enter and exit a church, they were allowed to be bigger.
- Veronica’s cloth is a representation with high symbolic content which we can find at the Brotherhood of Salutación. On the throne we can find a woman that, following Jesus’ steps, rinses his face to dry off his sweat and blood. Then she sees his image is embodied on the cloth. It is painted by a different artist each year. We can see it on Palm Sunday (Domingo de ramos).
- On Palm Sunday (Domingo de ramos) you can find, if you set your eyes quick enough, a special representation of the Virgen de Lágrimas y Favores. There’s a little black angel inside of it. There are not many representations of angels without western traits. In this case its symbology shows the union between different races.
- The image of Christ from the Brotherhood of Crucifixión marks a theological precedent in comparisson to the other images. Where most representations of the crucifixion show Jesus nailed to the cross with three nails, this image in particular uses four nails. Furthermore it has nails through his wrists, instead of having them through the handpalms.
- In 1938 the image of ‘Jesús Cautivo‘ was ordered to be exhibitioned as an Ecce Homo, in which he is idolised without any covering. However the ecclesiastical institutions of that time didn’t allow this to be realised. The Brothers were left to improvise the attire with a white cloth, as the poverty in that moment was at its peak. This peculiar detail had a great impact on the image, even nowadays.
- At the feet of “Jesús el Rico” on his departure on Holy Wednesday, we see the image of Saint John the Baptist’s head cut off. This biblical representation about the lory of King Herodes ordering to cut off the Baptist’s head, has a big symbolic meaning. Owned by the Museum of Fine Arts, it is lend out each and every year for the procession.
- Every year The Brotherhood of ”Paso y la Esperanza” gets out a carpet of rosemary on its processional route. This aromatic plant that is suppossed to be burned when dry, is synonymous with chasing away everything that brings evil, it is a symbol of hope. That’s why, due to common practice and to be completely blessed, it has to be collected once the Christ and Virgin passed by.
If you don’t want to miss any details about the different processions during the Semana Santa in Malaga (Holy Week) here’s an official timetable from the Brotherhoods