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ONE IN TWO PERSONS FROM ZAMORA PARADES IN HOLY WEEK

The celebration of Holy Week in Zamora (Castile and Leon, Spain) is only understood when one lives it: one in two persons from Zamora participate in the processions commemorating the Passion and death of Christ.

 


The recollection and silence are the hallmarks of the religious celebrations in this city of Castile and Leon (Spain), which includes 16 brotherhoods and 35,000 members of the brotherhoods, more than half of the civilian population of the city.

The Holy Week of Zamora has been declared of International Tourist Interest since 1986 and has been of Cultural Interest since 2015.

The Holy Week of Zamora aims to be recognized Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

On Good Friday, the Brotherhood of Jesus Nazarene parades from five in the morning for more than eight hours. At the sound of cornet and drum by the merlú, it is the longest and numerous procession, famous for the stop at Tres Cruces to taste the traditional garlic soups.

The most intimate procession is “Las Capas Pardas”, in the night of Holy Wednesday.

Zamora keeps alive a tradition and a devotion that is transmitted from one generation to another, and are acquired at an early age, where austerity, silence and recollection accompany the broken sound of the rattles, the Barandales or the call of the Merlú.

People from Zamora have ‘Funeral march’ by Thalberg, one of the fundamental pieces of their soundtrack.

The 16 brotherhoods of the city have about 35,000 brothers and sisters, of whom about 30,000 parade, that is one in two people from Zamora, whether or not believers.

“They are just as important ‘brothers on the sidewalk’ as the confreres, because we all unite and form part of Holy Week,” says Isabel García, who is the president in the Junta Prom Semana Santa of Zamora, in which are grouped the different brotherhoods of the city.

The move of the Nazarene from San Frontis to the cathedral on the night of the Passion Thursday marks the beginning of Holy Week in this city of Castile and the procession of the Confraternity of the Holy Resurrection, the end.

“The row gives you an important anonymity, you go with your hood, nobody recognizes you and you are one more. In the loading, effort is shared , there is more brotherhoods, and yes, you carry an image with devotion, religious feeling is very strong”, Javier says.

In the last procession, the brothers parade dressed in sunday clothes and not wearing tunics or hoods, and thus they accompany the encounter of the images of the Risen Christ and the Virgin of the Encounter, a celebration dating back to at least 1544 .

“The dance of the ‘Cinco de copas’, as it is known popularly to the sculptural group Christ of the Calvary, to the rhythm of the funeral march by Thalberg at the exit of the temple, is one of the central moments of the religious celebrations in Zamora.

Since 2011, each brotherhood has in Zamora with a Barandales, in charge of announcing the passage of the parade with the ringing of two small bells. But until 2011, this work was done by only one man.


March 29, 2017, EFE/Practica Español


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La noticia trata...
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Del recorrido de todas las cofradías en Semana Santa.
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De los preparativos para la celebración de la Semana Santa.
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De cómo se vive la Semana Santa en Zamora.
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Este año participarán más zamoranos en las procesiones de Semana Santa.
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Muy pocos zamoranos participan en las procesiones de Semana Santa.
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La gran mayoría de los zamoranos participan en los actos religiosos de Semana Santa.
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Todavía no ha sido reconocida Patrimonio Inmaterial de la Humanidad.
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Fue reconocida Patrimonio Inmaterial de la Humanidad hace unos años.
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Acaba de ser reconocida Patrimonio Inmaterial de la Humanidad.
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No siempre la devoción religiosa se transmite de padres a hijos.
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Los padres transmiten a sus hijos su devoción religiosa.
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El culto religioso se transmite a los hijos cuando estos son adultos.
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Se conmemora la Natividad de Cristo.
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Se recuerda la Pasión, la Muerte y Resurrección de Cristo.
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Se conmemora la Epifanía del Señor.
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Es el nombre que recibe la imagen religiosa que se saca en una procesión.
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