Easter under Franco

My husband was telling me what Easter was like under Franco’s dictatorship. Catholicism was pretty much compulsory. From Good Friday to Easter Sunday, the one TV channel showed the test card and played solemn classical music. The one radio channel also played solemn classical music. It wasn’t acceptable to play pop music, either live or on cassette. You couldn’t even sing or whistle. Acting happy was a sin. He was…

April 23, 2014
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Easter Processions in Santa Cruz de La Palma and Los Llanos

It’s Holy Week, and in this Catholic country, a lot of people take it very seriously. The bigger churches hold processions, which look very exotic to my English eyes. Do try to see at least one.   It’s not so much that they take the obviously-heavy statues along the street – most churches do that on the respective saint’s days. It’s the costumes. They remind me of the Klu Klux…

April 15, 2014
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Easter Processions in Santa Cruz de La Palma and Los Llanos

It’s Holy Week, and in this Catholic country, a lot of people take it very seriously. The bigger churches hold processions, which look very exotic to my English eyes. Do try to see at least one.   It’s not so much that they take the obviously-heavy statues along the street – most churches do that on the respective saint’s days. It’s the costumes. They remind me of the Klu Klux…

April 4, 2012
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Holy Week

Holy week procession, San Jose, Breña Baja The schools have just broken up for Semana Santa – Holy week. Of course my son’s delighted, even though they only get this week off. Maundy Thursday and Good Friday are public holidays. Monday 6th is not.Holy week procession, San Jose, Breña Baja There will be lots of religious processions all week, everywhere, and some fairly spectacular ones, especially in Santa Cruz. We…

April 3, 2009
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Holy Week Processions

It’s Holy Week, and in this Catholic country, a lot of people take it very seriously. The bigger churches hold processions, which look very exotic to my English eyes. It’s not so that they take the obviously-heavy statues along the street. It’s the costumes. They remind me of the KLu Klux Klan. This is unfair, because the costumes concerned are far older than the KKK. They ensure anonimity, but it’s…

March 21, 2008
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