Holy Week in Málaga


Holy Week in Málaga is a tradition that dates back to the time of the Catholic Monarchs and has been declared an International Tourist Interest. It is a significant religious, social, and cultural event where large-sized images. These are carried on thrones by “hombres de trono,” who place their shoulders under the poles.

A visit to the processions of Holy Week in Málaga

From Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, the Málaga Brotherhoods process their thrones, creating an atmosphere of sobriety and respect during their penitential stations.

Many locals accompany the Brotherhood of Jesús Cautivo and María Santísima de la Trinidad in their transfer from the Parish of San Pablo to their processional thrones.

It is truly incredible to see the number of devotees accompanying Jesús Cautivo in the procession on Holy Monday. Similarly, the famous Brotherhood of “Los Gitanos,”. The Brotherhood of Jesús de la Columna and María Santísima de la O, carries the faith of a race with them on Holy Tuesday. Following the tradition on Holy Wednesday, the Brotherhood of Nuestro Padre Jesús el Rico grants a prisoner’s release. This privilege dates back to when a cholera epidemic hit Málaga, and prisoners escaped from jail, only to return after carrying the image of Christ through the streets. It is admirable to witness the procession of the Brotherhood of La Expiración on Holy Wednesday, with its solemn funerary procession. The Civil Guard accompanies her.

And of course, Holy Thursday is marked by the presence of the beautiful Virgen de la Esperanza, processing through the streets with a beautiful mantle of rosemary. The military marches of the Spanish Legion and the navy sing their hymns as they accompany the Cristo de la Buena Muerte and María Santísima de la Soledad. We cannot overlook the solemn and silent Good Friday when Holy Week in Málaga becomes a passion, with the seriousness of the images such as the Holy Sepulcher, Ánimas de Ciegos, or the Procession of the Transference.

Organization of each Málaga Brotherhood

Each processional cortege is usually composed of two thrones (Christ and Virgin). They are accompanied by “nazarenos” (penitents who carry candles or other items) dressed in characteristic tunics and wearing pointed hoods. Also accompanying the thrones are individuals who fulfill a vow or promise. A distinctive and unique aspect is the escort provided by military and state security forces to the venerated Holy images. These include the Spanish Legion, the Navy, the Spanish Army’s Regular Forces, Marine Corps, National Police, and Civil Guard.

Nazarenos en procesión Semana Santa de Málaga
Photo: Nazarenos Holy Week in Málaga

The Passion Brotherhoods have their Brotherhood Houses. They serve as museums. You can admire and closely observe the luxury and beauty of the thrones, mantles of the Virgins, and other religious artifacts.