This week the students in Tábara, Zamora have prepared for you a presentation about one of the most important celebrations for the province (and country) which is Semana Santa or Holy Week. This is a Catholic religious celebration. It takes place at the end of Lent. Semana Santa is a very big tradition in Spain. There are 2 very important celebrations that Spaniards try to attend, Semana Santa in Zamora and Sevilla. They are very different celebrations.
Some special religious vocabulary words before viewing the videos:
Mass: in the catholic church this is the religious service. Other religions simply call it “service”
Lent: In the Catholic church this is 40 days of penitence and fasting that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter Sunday. It is in remembrance of Jesus life conviction, sentence, death and resurrection.
Semana Santa (Holy Week): This begins usually on the last Sunday of Lent, however, in Spain it begins on the 2nd to the last Thursday and last until Monday morning after Easter (total of 12 days). All citizens are on vacation for the entire 12 days, schools and universities are closed, banks have limited hours and most stores have limited morning hours and some are closed.
Video by Tábara students:
Here is a promotional video made by the town of Zamora showing some of highlighted processions: