Semana Santa in Rota
Rota is the perfect city to first experience the many rich traditions of Spain. Right out our front door, it’s a ten minute drive to easy parking outside the old town (or a short walk once summer brings tourists and high parking prices). Rota is beautiful, clean and the crowds are friendly and non-overwhelming in size. All of this I came to appreciate even more as we were able to take in a few of the Semena Santa processions with ease, enjoying the beauty of it all without any stress (outside of taking a three year old into a crowd for a religious event).
Charlotte and I attended the Palm Sunday procession with several neighbors. We had the perfect spot on a beautiful street in Old Town. Many young children participated this night, carrying palms. Charlotte loved that one of the children handed out candy. The paso this night was Our Father Jesus of the Peace in his triumphant entrance to Jerusalem.
On Monday, Dennis and I returned with all of the children. This time, we got a spot at the beginning of the procession, where we could watch the pasos as they were carried out of the church. There were two pasos this night, Blessed Christ of Love and Our Lady of the Hope of the Calvary.
There were fewer people walking along with the pasos tonight, and no one handing out candy. But, Henry fell in love with the giant drums in the parade. He now reminds us regularly that when he is older he is going to learn to play a giant drum. Boom, boom, he says.
After Monday, the processions started later in the evening. Next year, Dennis and I plan to make it to a procession after dark, as well as venture further afield to see a procession in a nearby city. Isn't it a wonderful feeling to have things to look forward to?!