Holy Week 2017 took place in Nerja between 9th and 16th April. A number of processions and cultural activities were planned in the Costa del Sol town for the most important religious celebration in Spain. The processions took place in the streets of the historic town centre with the most popular ones held on Holy Thursday (13th April) and Holy Friday (14th April).
The Holy Thursday and Holy Friday processions began at 9 p.m. They started at the Church of El Salvador under the Balcón de Europa and then moved their way through the streets Puerta del Mar, Calle Pintada, Calle Méndez Nuñez, Calle Bronce, Calle Granada and the rest of Nerja’s most emblematic streets in the town’s historic district.
The first procession was on Sunday, 9th March, Palm Sunday, at 12 p.m. After that, there was a procession on 12th April (Holy Wednesday), the ones already mentioned on 13th and 14th April; and finally, the Resurrection Sunday procession (16th April).
Holy Week was preceded by Lent which culminates with Passion Week with the celebration of the Eucharist on Holy Thursday, the commemoration of Jesus’ Crucifixion on Holy Friday and his Resurrection on the eve of Easter during the night from Holy Saturday to Resurrection Sunday. Many examples of popular religion could be seen during Holy Week throughout Andalusia with outstanding processions in Malaga and Seville.
Holy Week, the week when Christianity celebrates the religious events associated with Jesus’ final days (passion, death and resurrection), is a piece of Spanish culture that visitors to the School observe with the utmost respect and curiosity. Some of them even arrange their Spanish course around this religious celebration; in other words, they fly from their countries to Nerja to be able to witness Holy Week in Spain while enjoying their Spanish language classes during this period.