The emotion of living the usual Holy Week in Huéscar


F. Argüelles



Every year, the days of Easter week are lived in a special and intense way in the city of Huéscar, north of the province of Granada. For centuries, its neighbors have turned to this tradition that brings to the streets important devotional images of great artistic value, between the fervor and passion of a people dedicated to their brotherhoods.

Holy Week in Huéscar, declared of Tourist Interest in Andalusia, is one of the main festivities in the city. During it, the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ are represented through processional parades thanks to the work and commitment of seven brotherhoods that take to the street sixteen processional steps from the day of the Friday of Sorrows and until Easter Sunday, when the celebration ends with the solemn procession of Jesus in the Sacrament. In addition, as the culmination of these special days, Easter Monday celebrates the descent of the patrons of Huéscar, Alodia and Nunilón, a festive day awaited with joy and joy by all.

Since the 16th century

Good Friday morning in the streets of Huéscar

The origins of Holy Week in Huesca go back to mid 16th century, counting on an enormous sculptural and cultural heritage. The particular history and geographical location of the municipality make its traditions, and specifically its Holy Week, constitute a melting pot of styles, Castilian, Levantine and Andalusian, which make it unique.

Holy Week in Huéscar is one of the oldest that can be enjoyed in the province of Granada. The first brotherhoods were founded in the town at the beginning of the 16th century and, since 2016, it has been declared as of Tourist Interest of Andalusia. It is a celebration that combines culture, history, gastronomy, tradition and religion. Images, music, celebration and party are values ​​and reasons for this peculiar manifestation of popular religiosity that is Holy Week in Huéscar, which makes it possible to see, hear, smell, touch and even taste (among other products, the exquisite Segureño lamb from the area).

Brotherhoods and brotherhoods

The brothers from Huesca take to the streets – they will do it again as soon as possible – to give public testimony of faith with their seven brotherhoods and brotherhoods, some of them among the oldest in the province of Granada. Brotherhoods like that of the Holy Sepulcher, the Virgin of Sorrows or that of ‘Los Descalzos’, with their rigorous penance in rows of black Nazarenes bound with crosses and chains to the beat of a hoarse drum while they pray the Holy Rosary through the dark streets, they overwhelm all who see them.

Also noteworthy is the procession on Holy Saturday, that of La Soledad, a procession that runs from the Collegiate Church of Santa María to the Ermita de la Soledad, where the traditional meeting between brotherhood and brotherhood is celebrated and where the Huesca people express their emotions towards one of the Virgins with the most devotion in the town. As soon as possible you will not have to miss the many steps through the Arch of Santo Cristo, in Alhóndiga street, one of the most important and exciting moments of the Huesca Big Week in which the bearers must pass on their knees or crouching to save the height of the arch. Holy Week reaches its climax on Good Friday morning when the brotherhood of Cristo de la Expiración and María Santísima de la Esperanza, and the brotherhood of San Juan Evangelista, represent in the Plaza Mayor ‘El paso’, with the traditional falls.

In lent

Huéscar, in the province of Granada
Huéscar, in the province of Granada

But, in addition to its processional parades, Holy Week in Huéscar is characterized by the Lenten services that the brotherhoods perform every year on the eve of Holy Week, with their quinaries, novenas, Stations of the Cross, concerts, proclamations, presentation of posters, etc. We must not forget either the importance of other customs with roots in the town at the beginning of spring, such as the rich dishes and desserts that are prepared in their kitchens every Easter, thus helping to ensure that these exciting days can always be enjoyed. with the five senses.

To all this, Huéscar adds its exceptional setting, impressive natural landscape, narrow and cozy streets and beautiful temples where history and art coexist. This, together with the welcoming nature of its neighbors, make the city an essential destination on Easter days.

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