The Valencian Seafaring Holy Week

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Fiesta of National Tourist Interest

The Seafaring Holy Week is a religious tradition that has been celebrated for at least three centuries in the Marítimo.

The Valencian Seafaring Holy Week is a tradition that commemorates the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. Its origins could very well go back to the XV century, but the first document that records this celebration dates from 1735.

The sailors began to celebrate this ritual in the hope that Jesus and the Virgin would rescue them from the perils of the sea. Since 1925, the Holy Week has been consolidated as the great Marítimo celebration, the district of the city bathed by the Mediterranean. The high number of neighbours participating in this cult maintains a religious tradition that, despite few sailors remaining in Valencia, retains the spirit of its precursors.

The Valencian Seafaring Holy Week

This spring, about 4,500 people congregate in 30 brotherhoods, guilds and corporations, where whole families meet, after passing the tradition on from parents to children. Adults, youngsters and children, traverse through the historic neighborhoods of Grao, Cañamelar and Cabañal de Valencia during a Holy Week with some peculiarities that make it unique in Spain. Not only for being the only officially named Marinera (Seafaring), but for other characteristics that fill the streets with colour, without diminishing the solemnity of their ceremonies.

Recommended ceremonies

Without undervaluing the importance of all the ceremonies that take place, we highlight:

  • Friday of Sorrows (Viernes de Dolores), 7th April: After the Eucharist at 19:30 hrs (Ntra. Sra. De los Angeles parish), procession of Sorrows.
  • Palm Sunday, 9th April:
    – Blessing and processions of palms and bouquets, from the five parishes: Ntra. Sra. Del Rosario and Jesús Obrero
    – San Mauro (10:00 hrs); Cristo Redentor – San Rafael Arcángel (10:30 hrs); Ntra. Sra. de los Ángeles and Santa Maria del Mar (11:00 hrs).
    – 18:30 hrs: Collective transfer of images from the parish of Our Lady of the Angels to the private houses of the brothers, who keep them during Holy Week.
  • Holy Wednesday, 12th April: After the Eucharist at 19:30 hrs, a procession with el paso de La Verónica (ceremonial passage of Saint Veronica), by the famous Valencian sculptor Mariano Benlliure.
  • Holy Thursday, 13th April: 20:00 hrs: Act of Prophecy (Santa Maria del Mar) and Visit to the Holy Monuments. People go to private houses to see the images.
  • Good Friday, 14 th April
    – Via Crucis, from the five parishes. From 9:30 p.m.
    – 18:30 pm: General Procession of the Holy Burial. Summit act.
  • Holy Saturday, 15 th April: At 00:00 hrs on Sunday, the five parishes celebrate the Resurrection Glory.
  • Easter Sunday, 16 th April: 13:00hrs: Parade of Resurrection.

How to get there:
Metro: Marítim-Serrería station. Lines: 5 and 7.
Tram: 4, 6 and 8.
Bus routes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 19, 30, 31, 32, 41, 81, 95, 99, N1, N8 and N9.

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