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Holy week in Avilés



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