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Easter Time In Cehegin

 

 

 

 

Easter Time In Cehegin

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Easter is a wonderful time to visit Cehegin, the pavement tables are out and the air is filled with the scent of orange blossom. The Santa Semana - Holy Week processions are a well worth making a special trip for. Each church in the town prepares a large float consisting of a sacred statue surrounded by flowers and these are paraded around the town late in the evenings on the shoulders of the men and women of Cehegin. The processions seem to go on for ever, the whole town is involved, the older people and visitors not marching lining the streets to watch and catch sweets thrown by the children. The Good Friday procession, with hooded figures dressed in black, women in traditional dress and candlelit statues of Saints, and the Holy Family accompanied by solemn drums is a sight you will never forget. On Easter Sunday Morning the atmosphere is much lighter, the hooded black figures are gone and the procession is joyfull. Easter is also a good time to visit the neighbouring town of Carravaca de la Cruz, where a fragment of the Vera Cruz -True Cross is kept in a shrine in the castle. Carravaca is a well known pilgrimage town and a lovely place to visit, the square below the castle has a variety of shops selling souveniers related to the cross, local wine, pottery and rugs, as well as some excellent restaurants and tapas bars. A visit to the nearby grotto church at Calasparra is also a wonderful experience. The chapel is filled with candles and flowers and local people, and those from further afield, come to spend the day, especially on a Sunday, as the chuch is surrounded by pine woods and picnic areas and there is an excellent restaurant specialising in paella - Callaspara produces the best paella rice in the world

 
 
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