Holy week in Avilés

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Holy week in Avilés

  1. 1. HOLY WEEK FESTIVITIES IN AVILÉS (declared of tourist interest) <ul><li>Holy week processions </li></ul><ul><li>Feast of “El Bollu” </li></ul>
  2. 2. Holy week in Avilés <ul><li>A religious tradition </li></ul><ul><li>A folkloric and gastronomic tradition </li></ul>
  3. 3. Religious processions <ul><li>9 processions from Palm Sunday to Holy Saturday </li></ul><ul><li>7 cofradías (religious brotherhoods) carry statues of saints on floats, the pasos around the streets of the central part of the town </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>The pasos are lifelike figures representing scenes of the events in the Easter Passion, the story between the last supper and the resurrection </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>The pasos are also images of the Virgin Mary showing grief for the torture and killing of her son </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>The nazarenos and penitents wear long tunics and masks over their faces, and usually conical hats, the capirotes </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>The nazarenos and penitents may carry processional candles, crosses or even walk barefoot as penance </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Special music is played to accompany the pasos, as symbol of mourning and grief </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Groups of manolas , black-dressed women wearing shawls and peinetas , the Spanish comb-headdress may bring up the rear </li></ul>
  10. 10. The Procession of the Holy Meeting <ul><li>Three cofradías take part in this popular procession. </li></ul><ul><li>The most solemn moment is El Encuentro (The Meeting) when the paso representing Saint John faces La Dolorosa and is &quot;bailado&quot; . </li></ul>
  11. 11. FIESTA DEL BOLLU <ul><li>On Easter Sunday and Monday, the people from Avilés celebrate the start of spring and the end of Easter fasting </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>The bollu is a star-shaped iced bun </li></ul><ul><li>Traditionally on Easter Monday godparents give it to their godchildren, in return for the palm received on Palm Sunday </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>The festival theme is Asturian folklore, featuring regional dress, music and cuisine </li></ul>
  14. 14. On Easter Monday there is a feast in the streets of the central part of the city. Tables and chairs are set up and families bring along Asturian dishes

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