Many children throughout the country have the whole week off from school in honor of Semana Santa. Some working professionals also get the whole week off, but if not, Holy Thursday and Good Friday are almost guaranteed vacation days. Once Easter Sunday rolls around, the celebrations die down a bit. While it is observed as a holiday in some regions of Spain, most people head back to work and school. That being said, Spain is a big country, and narrowing down where to spend the week can be daunting.
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Spain is known especially for its Holy Week traditions or Semana Santa. The celebration of Holy Week regarding popular piety relies almost exclusively on the processions of the brotherhoods or fraternities. These associations have their origins in the Middle Age, but a number of them were created during the Baroque Period, inspired by the Counterreformation and also during the 20th and 21st centuries. The membership is usually open to any Catholic person and family tradition is an important element to become a member or "brother" hermano. This is a religious holiday. A common feature in Spain is the almost general usage of the nazareno or penitential robe for some of the participants in the processions.
Portugal mantendrá cerradas sus fronteras con España durante Semana Santa
Be enchanted by the diverse variety of top Portuguese festivals, which celebrate sardines, religion, sand sculpture, classical music, and more. Most villages and towns in Portugal have their own traditional festival festa or pilgrimage romaria. These traditional festivals celebrate Portuguese history, religion, and culture.
Hi, I am coming to Portugal for the first time over Semana Santa. My current plan is to stay in the center of the country, visiting the Lisbon area for 4 days, then seeing Evora and another small town which I haven't chosen yet. Any suggestions on places to stay away from during this week or are a must-see? I enjoy historical and natural places and will be traveling alone and only by public transportation. Any and all suggestions are welcome.