Locked-down Spain celebrates Holy Week with music and humor

first_img‘Really struggling’ Police have joined in on the act. In Seville, two municipal police cars drove slowly in front of a church, stopping at times before moving on just like Holy Week floats do, to the tune of religious music.With processions called off, many religious brotherhoods have focused on helping fight the coronavirus pandemic that has claimed more than 14,500 lives in Spain, one of the highest tolls in the world.In the northern city of Valladolid, 20 brotherhoods donated 1,000 euros ($1,085) each to buy protective equipment and other urgently needed supplies for healthcare workers, said local association leader Isaias Martinez Iglesias.Pablo Alen of Seville’s Carreteria brotherhood said it would take a “relatively big” economic hit this year, because it will not collect any donations from participants during the traditional Good Friday parade.With less money coming in the brotherhood’s priority is to focus on its charity work such as a soup kitchen, so it will postpone planned restorations of its religious artworks, he added.”There are people who are asking for help, who are really struggling,” Alen noted. In the week leading to Easter Sunday, hundreds of colorful processions featuring penitents in cone-shaped hoods and centuries-old religious floats traditionally flood the streets of villages and cities across Spain.But with a nationwide lockdown in place to curb the spread of COVID-19, Spaniards are finding ways to mark Holy Week from their homes, by blasting religious music from their balconies or viewing videos of last year’s parades.In the western city of Salamanca, the association of religious brotherhoods that organizes processions is posting pictures on social media of religious icons that would normally be paraded through the streets at the hour that would have taken place. “And on our YouTube channel we are posting a video of the procession from last year,” association president Jose Adrian Cornejo told AFP.There is one part of the processions that can still go ahead — the singing of “saetas”, short, flamenco prayers sung from balconies which are especially popular in the southwestern region of Andalusia.Saetas are usually sung as effigies of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary are carried past, but this year they are being performed to empty streets.Type in “saetas of confinement” on YouTube and several events come up, including one by Alex Ortiz in Seville — which is not staging Easter processions for the first time since 1933 —  who sings of a “sad spring” without “drums or bugles” in the streets. Topics : Toilet paper roll icon Pablo Murillo, a Catholic father of four, said he was celebrating Holy Week with “more seclusion”.He was supposed to take part in a Palm Sunday procession but instead listened to the traditional “marchas” — special musical compositions featuring wind instruments and drums that accompany the floats — at home with his sons.”My oldest who is 12 puts the speakers in the bathroom, and takes a shower while listening to the Holy Week ‘marchas’,” Murillo said.He lives near Seville’s largest hospital and every night many neighbors blast “marchas” from their balconies after applauding healthcare workers at 8:00 pm, as people are doing across Europe.Some people have violated the lockdown rules to celebrate Easter, meanwhile. In Puerta de Segura, a small town of whitewashed houses in Andalusia, several people left their homes to imitate a procession, with one man carrying a drum and a woman wearing a blanket wrapped around her head like the veils depicted in the statue of the Virgin Mary, images on Spanish TV showed.In the nearby town of Porcuna nine women dressed in black and carrying candles walked through the streets, while in the northern city of Palencia two men dressed in a tunic and hood held a mock procession by carrying an “icon” made of toilet paper rolls.last_img read more

Tottenham looking to beat Arsenal to the signing of Philippe Coutinho on loan from Barcelona

first_img Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Could Philippe Coutinho move to Tottenham this summer? (Picture: Getty)Tottenham Hotspur are hoping to beat north London rivals Arsenal to the signing of Philippe Coutinho by submitting a loan offer to Barcelona.The 27-year-old is available for transfer this summer following an underwhelming 18-month spell in Spain, although Barcelona are also open to loaning him out for a season.According to the Times, Barcelona are looking to receive a hefty £21m fee in order to loan him out, though, while interested clubs may have to cover his £200,000 weekly wages.Spurs are on the lookout for an attacking midfielder as they look to sell Christian Eriksen this month and have been strongly linked with Real Betis’ Giovani Lo Celso and Sporting Lisbon’s Bruno Fernandes throughout the summer.ADVERTISEMENT Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Tottenham looking to beat Arsenal to the signing of Philippe Coutinho on loan from Barcelona PLAY 1 min. story SPONSORED Skip Full Screen Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling by Metro Read More Read More Skip Ad Read Morecenter_img Comment Coutinho briefly played under Pochettino during a loan spell at Espanyol in 2012 (Picture: Getty)Earlier on Tuesday, reports in France claimed that Coutinho had agreed to a season-long loan deal to move to Arsenal.AdvertisementAdvertisementCoutinho could now be an option for Spurs, though, with Mauricio Pochettino having coached him briefly during a spell at Espanyol during the 2011-12 season.Pochettino signed Coutinho on a six-month loan from Inter Milan in January 2012 and the Brazilian impressed, scoring five goals and registering an assist in 16 La Liga matches.Spurs are keen to secure a replacement for Eriksen, whom they are looking to sell this month, rather than run the risk of losing him on a free when his contract expires next summer.Manchester United have emerged as candidates to sign Eriksen, however, the club would rather sell him abroad with Real Madrid and Juventus both having been linked to him.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityCoutinho was booed by sections of Barcelona’s support last season and managed just five goals and two assists in 34 La Liga games for the club last term.He netted the opening goal for Barcelona during their 4-2 win over Spurs in the Champions League group stage last October.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Top articles 1/1 Video Settings Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 6 Aug 2019 5:53 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link843Shares About Connatix V67539 Read More Coming Next Advertisement / Read More Advertisementlast_img read more