THE SPANISH FESTIVAL OF SEMANA SANTA ANDEASTER: ORIGIN, SYMBOLS AND TRADITION
THE HOLY WEEKChristian or not, we all know that in late March or earlyApril comes a moment eagerly awaited by all the HolyWeek. For some it is an excuse to take time off, but formost it is a week where the Catholic faith is strengthenedand celebrated .Then find out what events are held during the seven daysof Holy Week.
PALM SUNDAYt is the first day of the week of festivitiesand one of the most important becausethis day represents the coming of Jesusto Jerusalem. The writings state thatJesus came riding on a donkey, a preludeto his Passion.
SAINT MONDAYs a crucial day, not so much in thecelebrations and liturgies, but its historicalsignificance. After spending the night atBethany, Jesus returns to Jerusalem andheads near the temple, but it is become amarket full of traders willing to dobusiness with them.
SAINT THUESDAYhe main event of Easter Tuesday was the announcement of the deathof the Lord. That day Jesus was in the house of Simon the leper whowas healed miraculously. During dinner a woman makes her entrancein the house, was Mary. The Christian myth holds that it is at thismoment in which Jesus announces his death, causing great sorrowamong his disciples
SAINT WEDNESDAYaint Wednesday is the day of delivery andbetrayal. This day recalls the time whenJudas, one of the twelve disciples of theLord agrees with the enemies of Jesus andoffered to surrender in exchange for 30pieces of silver. It is the beginning of thedeadly plot.
SAINT THURSDAYn Saint Thursday, held the Thursdaybefore Easter Sunday is the first day ofthe Triduum. On this day the Churchcommemorates the institution of theEucharist at the Last Supper of Christ.
SAINT FRIDAYIt is at that moment where he received thecrown of thorns on his head and carry thecross. Thus Christ through the city ofJerusalem with the heavy wooden crosstowards the Calvado. At noon the Lord iscrucified. Later, to certify his death he naileda spear confirming the death. At night, thefaithful unpins Christs body and deliver it tohis mother, and finally buried in the tomb.
SAINT SATURDAYaint Day in the Catholic church commemorates Jesus in the tomb.On Saturday, Jesus lay in his tomb for the grief of the apostles whowere convinced that it was over. Meanwhile, his mother recalled thewords of the Lord when he predicted "the third day rise again." Inthis day there is a major religious celebrations throughout the year:the Easter Vigil, held after 6 pm.
RESURRECTION SUNDAYaster Sunday is the day on which Jesus left his tomb. This isfundamental to Christianity. The story goes that as the day is done,three women go to the tomb where Jesus was buried and see that is nothis body. An angel tells them he has risen. They go where the Virginand the Apostles and give them the great news. Meanwhile, Peter andJohn run to the tomb and see the bandages on the floor.