Easter is celebrated very differently in Spain to the UK. No Easter bunnies, no Easter egg hunts but religion and holy parades through the streets of the towns and villages of Andalusia.
After the conquest of Malaga by the Catholic Kings in 1487 the Catholic religion became more and more important. The first Catholic statues and thrones were built and the first brotherhoods were established in honor of Our Father Jesus Chris and the Holy Virgin Maria.
Every year during this Holy Week, Semana Santa, thousands of people come to Malaga to see this impressive holy parade.
Some interesting facts about the Holy Week in Malaga:
The miracle of the Nazareno de Viñeros:
One of the most told legends of Malaga dates from the XVI century, also known as the Legend of the Acabucero.
After the war in Flanders, many soldiers had problems with the conscience and experienced traumas so they decided to confess their sins to the Malaga priest.
One of these soldiers knelt sobbing before the statue of Jesàšs Nazareno de Viñeros, he begged for forgiveness for his sins. When he opened his eyes he saw that Jesus had moved his arm from the cross to give him his blessing.
This arm never returned to its original position and thousands of people came to see this miracle.
This miracle brought the establishment of the Viñeros brotherhood, at first on the annual 1 January party and afterwards in the Holy procession on Maundy Thursday. A boat that is accompanied by Jesus Christ Our Father of Viñeros and the accompanying parade.
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