Good Friday as we know, commemorates the crucifixon of Jesus. There are two possible reasons why this Friday bears the word Good, one may of come from the Gallican Church in Gaul (modern day France & Germany) “Gute Freitag” is Germanic and means good or holy Friday, the other being a variation of God’s Friday, where the word “good” was used to replace the word “God”. There are many traditions on Good Friday, but all processions are somber and most people wear black including all members of the church. Candles in the church are not usually used on this day, this form of presentation is to bring awareness of the grief for the sacrifice of the son of God.
Here in Spain, Easter week is known as “Semana Santa” it is celebrated through out the whole of Spain, the processions are taken very seriously and in total silence as they make there way through the town, village or city, one of the biggest and possible the most well known is the procession in Sevilla in the province of Andulucia
Sevilla is full of beautiful churches, each having their own, Dama,Jesus on the cross, Saint, they vary. Each church parade with their congregation, the bearers are known as Cofradias and to be a part of this is a great honour. They each have a band, which plays the compass, a slow somber march, which they practice all year, to be perfect for the day.
You can see by these pictures all taken in Sevilla, the amount of people attending, each church has its own procession, with their own Jesus or Lady of the church, which is carried through the city, you can see in the picture above, the typical black attire of the ladies complete with Mantilla (Lace head dress) these are still worn and also at weddings, the Mother of the bride and groom are given this honour to wear if they wish.