Madrid Easter week or Semana Santa

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Semana Santa in Spain is the name for Easter week. Unlike most of the fiestas in Spain, ‘Semana Santa’ is not focused on raucous celebrations, but rather, it’s the time that people ask forgiveness for their sins, and do their penance.Following the Semana Santa parades will be groups of people dressed usually in black, or in pointed hoods that bear a startling resemblance to the Ku Klux Klan. They are not the Ku Klux Klan, but penitents, who are posing as people who want to be forgiven for their sins. The hats are replicas of the hats given to the ‘guilty’ during the Spanish Inquisition. There’s a famous painting of the Spanish Inquisition in the Prado museum.

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