Holy Week

During the springtime we celebrate Holy Week. These are days of great devotion, where religion, culture and tradition meld and where you can watch processions that have a great popular tradition in the religious enclaves of Cortegana.

The brotherhoods and religious guilds, some with centuries of history, process in all their splendour through the streets beginning on Friday of Sorrows, before Palm Sunday, with the procession of Hermandad de Nuestra Señora de los Dolores (the brotherhood of Our Lady of Sorrows).

On Palm Sunday, in the morning there is a blessing of rosemary branches and palms and the procession of Santísimo Cristo del Amor (Most Holy Loving Christ ) and in the late afternoon, the procession of the Hermandad de Nuestro Padre Jesús en su Sagrada Oración en el Huerto (Brotherhood of Our Father Jesus in his Sacred Sermon in the Garden).

On Holy Wednesday there is the procession of Nuestro Padre Jesús de la Humildad (Our Father Jesus in Humility), Santísima Cruz de Jerusalén (The Holy Cross of Jerusalem) and Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza (Our Lady of Hope).

On Maundy Thursday in the evening the processions of Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno y María Santísima del Valle (Our Father Jesus the Nazarene and Holy Mary of the Valley), and at dawn el Silencio (the Silent Procession) with the Santísimo Cristo de la Buena Muerte (Holy Christ in His Good Death). 

On Good Friday there are the penitent stations of the Cross, with Santísimo Cristo de la Vera Cruz (Most Holy Christ on the True Cross), María Santísima del Rosario y San Juan Evangelista (Most Holy Mary of the Rosary and Saint John) and at dawn the Vía Crucis (the Way of the Cross) with the images of  Santísimo Cristo de la Buena Muerte y Nuestra Señora de La Soledad (Most Holy Christ in His Good Death and Our Lady of Solitude).

Finally, on Holy Saturday there is the procession of Santísimo Cristo de la Misericordia en el Santo Entierro (Most Holy Christ of Mercy in His Holy Burial). 

At midnight on Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday celebrations begin with the burning of Judas in various points of the town, where straw effigies representing this biblical character are burnt.

From Easter Sunday onwards begins the celebration of Easter, which continues for three days and consists of an excursion into the countryside to enjoy with your family local traditional treats like aniseed buns and boiled eggs, decorated with paint, which are traditionally given by godparents to their godchildren.