The before and after of the Girona procession

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Oliver Thansan
Oliver Thansan
29 March 2024 Friday 22:58
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The before and after of the Girona procession

* The author is part of the community of readers of La Vanguardia

In this photographic report in La Vanguardia Readers' Photos we can relive the before, during and after the Good Friday procession in the city of Girona.

In the morning, with many curious people and a lot of heat, the Holy Week steps are prepared and decorated to leave in the afternoon in the procession escorted by the manaies (Roman soldiers).

The passage (from the Latin passus, which refers to scene, suffering) is the platform where religious images are carried in procession in processions. In some places in Spain they are also known as andas or thrones.

The manaies are the Roman soldiers who traditionally parade during Holy Week in some towns and cities in Catalonia, such as, in this case, Girona. In some places, such as Badalona or Besalú, they are also called estaferms.

In this series of photographs we can see how the steps arouse the interest of visitors with camera in hand and how the members of the brotherhoods give the final touches and decorations to get them ready for the procession.

The first reliable documentary data on the existence of the manaies in Girona dates back to the year 1751, as detailed in the Confradia de Jesús Crucificat. In this second batch of images we can see them already marching in the procession.

The twelve brotherhoods that participate each year walked the streets of the old town of Girona for approximately two hours with a total of fourteen steps.

Among them is El Encuentro, in which the Virgin Mary waits for Christ at the foot of the Cathedral to greet each other. Hundreds of people from all over came to Girona at night to see the procession of the Holy Burial, which began with the descent of the manaies from the stairs of the Cathedral. Nearly a thousand people have made the procession possible.