Inside Semana Santa, One Of The World’s Strangest Easter Celebrations

Published March 24, 2016
Updated January 8, 2018

See the beautiful, mysterious traditions of Semana Santa, the annual commemoration of the Passion of the Christ.

On the Sunday before Easter, many Catholic countries begin celebrating Semana Santa, or Holy Week, an elaborate religious observance that will last until the day before Easter. Among the festival’s many rituals, the solemn street processions held in the main participating cities arrest the eye with their intimidating aesthetics and aura of mystery:

Procession Salamanca
Marbella Spain Cross
Semana Santa Pictures
Procession Malaga
Inside Semana Santa, One Of The World’s Strangest Easter Celebrations
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Next after learning about Semana Santa, discover the seven most unusual religious rituals and beliefs. Then, check out 17 incredible vintage Easter advertisements.

Camille Poiré
Camille lives and travels around the world as a freelance writer and editor.
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