The day after Easter Sunday the countdown to the next Semana Santa begins. Over at La Fresquita the tiny chalkboard update says… FALTAN 350 DÍAS!
Was finally feeling well enough to get out today, and took in a bit of lunes santo (holy Monday). Sometimes I like just wandering around and seeing which processions I run into. Today it was the Cautivo Jesús and El Beso de Judas. I may still make it out to see Museo come out, as it’s just around the corner from me. Or I may just go to bed. Not quite sure yet. Cautivo Jesús
costalero beer break
El Beso de Judas
Well, that’s it for another year. Semana Santa was quite a different experience for me this year as it was the first one since moving to the new Casa Azahar. From this location other processions were closer to me, so I found myself seeing a few I had never seen before. And my mission – to get a few pics of at least one or two processions each day – was accomplished. In retrospect I should have edited and filed the photos every evening because going through them all now was a bit overwhelming. Anyhow, here are some of them (unlabelled and not in chronological order)…
You may recognize this as one of the many signs of spring in Sevilla, this one specifically heralding the arrival of Easter Week (Semana Santa). After an entire week of processions with thousands of dripping candles along the various routes, you can imagine that things do get quite slippery. This also means that for weeks after Easter Sunday both shoes and car tires tend to squeak as they accumulate wax, until both heat and daily traffic gets rid of most of the waxy residue.
This year I saw two things I had never seen before. One was the use of sawdust on some of the main procession routes, which at first only seemed be making matters worse. But then…
… a couple of nights later I came across this curious machine on my way home from a tapas tour. The usual cleaners were there hosing down the streets with water, along with this thing that basically was pummelling the heckity out of the wax. I haven’t been back yet to check out the results. Will let you know.