Semana Santa, sunshine and a messy desk....
My desk is a work in progress. I've not been at my desk a lot as it has been such lovely hot weather....
Some of my friends want to come round on Thursday to do some crafting. They all want to do scrapbooking as this is something new here. (they don’t send cards so card making is not popular). In the photos you can see I’m getting some materials ready. This is another way of using up old stash...
None of my friends have jobs so I have to keep it simple as nobody can afford any materials. I provide the materials and I’ll do A4 pages, as albums and transparent sleeves are easy to get by in A4. I’m looking forward to it and I hope they like it. I’ve done some sample pages in A4 as I usually do 12x12. I will be taking photos and show one next week.
Here in Spain it's Holy Week (Semana Santa) and it's the biggest religious celebration of the year here, which means public holidays, a good deal of eating and drinking and lots of processions. Easter is a time for Spaniards to take to the streets and watch elaborate reenactments of the Passion, as well as enjoy some time off work in the company of their families and friends.
Elaborate processions take place throughout Holy Week. Associations known as cofradías or ‘brotherhoods’ (whose members take part in the processions) are a strong tradition in Spain, with many dating back to the Middle Ages.
Semana Santa processions are also known as ‘penance processions’ and involve members of the brotherhood (nazarenos) parading from their church to the city’s cathedral. People taking part in Semana Santa processions dress in traditional capirote; the tall conical hat which also covers their faces, as well as in belted robes. (a bit like the Ku Klux Klan) Capirotes used to be reserved for people doing penance - as a sign of atoning their sins, they would walk through the town wearing the hat, their faces covered so they could not be recognized as sinners.
Women often wear the mantilla, a black lace veil worn high on the back of the head.
In most Easter processions, participants carry large floats, or pasos, that are adorned with religious sculptures depicting Jesus or Mary, some by renowned Spanish artists. The floats are festooned with flowers and candles and are the focal point of the procession. Many brotherhoods have owned and preserved their pasos for hundreds of years. In our nearest town Granada there will be 32 processions this week!
(The photos I found on the Granada website, and some of the info is from there too)
I have received several nice postcards this week. This one is from Poland and has hand painted eggs on it.
With this image I wish every one a happy Easter, good weather and hopefully a few days off with loved ones,
PS If you want to know what this desk hopping is all about, visit Julie’s blog at http://www.stamping-ground.blogspot.com.es/