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History of Holy Week in MalagaThe celebration ofHoly Week inMalaga took on itsprocession formatwith theReconquest of thecity by the CatholicMonarchs in 1487.
The Baroque period in Malaga was the timewhen new processional Brotherhoods wereformed by the noble families of the city.Naturally, the Holy Week in this period wastotally different to that of today. All theprocessional “floats” left from theirrespective temples, as there were none ofthe “Brotherhood Houses” that appearedlater on.
In 1921 was created, ofthe "Malaga Holy WeekBrotherhoodsAssociation", the mostveteran of its kind inSpain.It was precisely inthe 20s that the HolyWeek of Malaga becamea very popular attractionfor the tourist of the times, just as it is now.
This brings us to the present day, in which two forms ofliving and understanding Holy Week co-exist. Together with the school of thought developed in the post-warperiod there is the other way of thinking, which began to appear at the end of the 70s with the new Brotherhood s
Composition of the Processions The processions of the Holy Week inMalaga, offer a unique appeal in Spain, not only for those who participate in the processions, but also for all those visitorsand tourists from throughout the world who spend the Holy Week in Spain and are interested in admiring the visual impact of the processions and all artistic manifestations.
The processions of Holy Week in Malaga, arecomposed of a number of processional floats and Nazarenes penitents carrying the images. The tunics of the Nazarenes haveornaments and colors which are based on the rules of each brotherhood.
The processions of Holy Week, are divided into sections, each of which directed by some managers called Nazarenes stewards. Groups of children carrylittle bells that they shake along the way. Then, there is a large section of two long rows ofNazarenes lighting up the candle procession.
A standard with the icon for the images goesbetween the rows. Thena Nazarene carrying the Book of the statutes. Behind the float we canfind legal authorities and behind them there is a music band .The floats are made of wood and they are gold plated.
The big floats can exceed 5 tonnes and they can be carried by more of 260 people.