2020 Parades Cancelled
Semana Santa in Spain has been cancelled. Or, rather, the parades and services have. This comes as no surprise to anyone. This Coronavirus (COVID-19) has put paid to every part of the countries social and religious activities.
The high death rate and continuing infection rates, although falling, are too high. The country has been on lockdown for more than three weeks. This is set to continue until at least the 26th of April. Thus Semana Santa (Holy Week) Sunday, April 5th – Sunday, April 12th is cancelled.
What is Semana Santa or Holy Week?
There is an excellent website called Idealista.com that has an article on this year’s Semana Santa and carries a link to to the countries lockdown rules.
In Spain, the Easter holidays are traditionally one of the biggest events in the calendar and the most important celebrations take place during Holy Week. The famous Semana Santa is so much more than chocolate eggs on the Iberian Peninsula; it is a commemoration of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, celebrated with sombre processions. Semana Santa 2020, however, will be somewhat different.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak across Spain, the country remains in a state of alarm status and will do until at least 26th April 2020. This means that Easter processions that should be taking place all over Spain from 5th – 12th April will not go ahead, as the period of confinement at home for all residents continues where all members of the population must obey strict lockdown rules and regulations.
Although scant consolation, we have last years parades blog post here.
Hopefully, when this dreadful virus has passed, we can get back to normal. Spain has a very rich culture and history. This is why so many tourist flocks to the Costa del Sol and to Nerja.
Unfortunately, as from the time of writing, the number of deaths and infections in Spain has risen fro 641 deaths to 743.
We look forward to seeing you soon.