Holy Week processions can be enjoyed in many different ways. And you don't have to be very Christian for it. Murcia It is a good test.
The processions of the Holy Week in Murciadeclared of International Tourist Interest, are different from those I saw in other places. Unique. It is not exactly the extreme religious fervor that Andalusians presume, but rather a mixture of tradition, religiosity, show and folklore. The garden, omnipresent in Murcia, merges with religion and permeate the city center with an energy that made me feel really good.
Go ahead that I am not religious, but, nevertheless, I've always been attracted to mysticism, something gloomy, of the processions, which he followed since childhood, hypnotized by an essential element in them: the rhythmic drumming of the drums.
The full name of this brotherhood is the Real, Very Illustrious, Venerable and Antiquísima Archicofradía of the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ. However, according to the outfit worn by their Nazarenes, bearers and different brothers, they are known as The Coloraos. Practicality above all.
I arrived in Murcia on Holy Wednesday at 4.30 in the afternoon. The heat was already tightening, announcing a few steamy days that would give a more summery feel than spring. I passed the hotel briefly to leave my luggage and walked along the Gran Vía towards the Carmen church.
Crossing the Old Bridge, the crowd already packed the Alameda Colón, which borders the beautiful Floridablanca Garden. The expectation was maximum. Not surprisingly, the procession of Los Coloraos is the most typical of the Holy Week in Murcia.
In the church of Carmen my companions were waiting for me and we were lucky to be able to witness the preparation of the procession behind the scenes. The 11 steps of the 11 brotherhoods of Los Coloraos They rested in their positions. They were perfectly decorated, knowing that this was their big day of the year.
One of the steps crossing the Old Bridge
The costaleros - called shelves in Murcia - they were organized in a red tidal wave while the brothers walked up and down, some giving orders and others obeying them. They were going to carry on their shoulders, not only a considerable physical weight, but also another ethereal but as much or more important than the first.
To port a step of Los Coloraos means to take to the street more than 700 years of history. It was in 1411 when this brotherhood was born. Yes, I was also speechless when I knew it.