Next month’s annual Semana Santa processions in Torrevieja attract thousands of residents and visitors to witness the commemorations chronicling the Passion of Christ.
2018 will be the 14th year that the International Cofradia has been involved in taking the paso of Jesus in the Garden of Olives (Cofradia de Nuestro Padre Jesús en la Oración del Huerto de los Olivos) through the streets of Torrevieja during Holy Week.
The Cofradia take part in the Monday night and Friday night processions, which this year will be on Monday March 26th and Friday March 30th.
For the first thirteen years, the paso was carried on the shoulders of around 100 costaleros from a number of different countries but mainly the United Kingdom. Last year, however, the paso had to be pushed because of insufficient numbers to carry it.
Each year the Cofradia need to recruit new members to replace those who for one reason or another are unable to take part. It is a fantastic opportunity to participate in one of the most important events in the local Spanish cultural and religious calendar.
It is a unique experience and one which the participants vouch to remember for the rest of their lives. You do not have to be super fit to take part; with most of the Cofradia members being retired and certainly not in the ‘first flush of youth’.
If you are interested in taking part, please contact David McLachan on 865 661 937, with the first official meeting of the Cofradia being on Thursday March 1st.