Learning about Semana Santa
In the week leading up to Easter, our year 7, 8 and 9 students at ISTwente Secondary learned more about Semana Santa; the “Holy Week” which is celebrated in Spanish speaking countries. The students watched instructive videos about the celebrations and wrote texts about this subject. An important element of Semana Santa concerns the processions of the catholic brotherhoods or fraternities through the streets of the large cities. The participants wear the distinctive penitential robes (nazarenos) and hoods (capirotes) and the women are dressed in black and wear a mantilla (veil) on their heads. In the procession, floats (Pasos) are carried bearing sculptures that depict various scenes related to the Passion of Christ or the Sorrows of the Virgin Mary. Our students partook in various craft activities and recreated such a procession.