AS I AM NOT A NEWBIE TO SEMANA SANTA PROCESSIONS, the week's festivities felt comfortingly familiar, save for the new experience of paraders wearing cloaks and capirotes, and spectators wearing coats, scarves and boots; garb for keeping warm in the early spring cool. Whereas in my hometown of Manila, the sweltering April heat naturally serve to remind of sacrifice, cooler weather in Spain almost seems to require a more conscious effort to contemplate the meaning of the season. Add to that street-side bars serving churros, cafe, croquetas and cerveza and the idea of contemplating grows into an even greater challenge.
Then again, Easter Sunday is, more than anything, a celebration. Domingo de Resurección processions at the L'Hospitalet district ended for us a long, sullen and rainy week. Here begin brighter days. A belated Happy Easter to all!
Procession of Jesús Resucitado and Nuestra Señora de los Remedios, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Catalunya. Photos by Lady San Pedro.