Antequera Holy Week
The Antequera’s distinguishing elements turn it into a beautiful and harmonious whole where art, history, tradition, and faith mix together.
Brotherhoods and Fraternities
The Brotherhoods and Fraternities own a reach and monumental processional trousseau. From their statues, most of them of a great artistic value, made by carvers who lived in the town between the 16th and 18th centuries, to the embroidery of their capes and canopies, without forgetting the silver and carvings elements which are considered as main pieces of the artistic heritage of the Holy Week of our province.
The peculiarities of the Antequera’s processional parades are a unique event compared with the whole of the Andalucía’s Holy Week. On the one hand, the thrones are carried on the shoulders -unlike the costaleros who use a sack- by the hermanacos (fraternity’s brothers) distinguished by their clothing and because the use “forks” to hold the throne when it is standing. In front of them, the Head Brother of Insignia, directs the hermanacos during the procession route. It is worthy to mention another central figure of the Antequera Holy Week such as the deluxe child: a boy or a girl of not more than eight years who usually belongs to a family of the Fraternity and who wears a velvet robe embroidered with gold thread with long train.
On the other hand, we must emphasize some unforgettable moments of our Holy Week, such as what it is known as “Correr La Vega” (running the lowland): with the throne over their shoulders, the fraternities’ brothers of the Los Dolores, the Consuelo, the Paz and the Socorro start the return to their temples running up through the steep hills. It seems that the traditional sense of this custom was to bless, from the hills of the town, the fertile lowlands which were the main source of the population’s wealth. On the 4th December 2021, this tradition was declared as Festivity of Provincial Tourist Singularity by the Provincial Council of Málaga