The beginning of Holy Week in Cartagena, declared of International Tourist Interest, will mark, as every year, the celebration this Friday of Dolores, March 23, of the acts in honor of the Virgin of Charity, patron saint of the city , starting at dawn with the penitential Via Crucis of the Christ of Help.
The departure will be about three thirty in the morning, from the street of the Sepulcher next to the Old Cathedral, when it will start a procession that is collected at dawn, at 7.45 hours, and that is characterized by its austerity to go accompanied only by a deaf drum and the prayer of the stations in the stops that it makes in its route through the streets of the old town.
THE OUNCE OF GOLD
The day will continue at 11:15 am, with the departure of the Municipal Corporation from the Consistorial Palace to the Basilica of Charity, accompanied by trumpeters, macerators, porters and gala police.
It will be Ricardo Segado, the youngest councilor of the Corporation, who will carry the flag of the city.
At 11:30 am the Mass will begin in honor of the Charity, which will be officiated by the Bishop of Cartagena, José Manuel Lorca Planes, and in which the Mayor, Ana Belén Castejón, will fulfill the tradition of the Offering of Oz. Gold, dating from 1762 and which symbolizes the economic contribution made every year by the City of Cartagena in favor of the poor patients of the Holy and Royal Hospital of Charity.
FLOWERS TO THE VIRGIN
And in the afternoon it is the turn of one of the central events of the Big Day, the parade of the Floral Offering to the Patron, organized by the Council of Celebrations of the City of Cartagena.
In addition, from the morning and throughout the day the Cartagena will be able to approach the basilica of the Charity to bring flowers to the patron, either individually or in groups, and should carry bouquets of 6 or 8 carnations, preferably colored white, red or pink, unwrapped
The municipal employees will be responsible for collecting the flowers from the morning and composing the mosaic on the structure that will be enabled at the entrance of the temple.
As for the parade, the groups will gather at 4.30 pm at the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, from where they depart at 5:00 pm in the direction of La Caridad with the following route: Calle Mayor, San Sebastián Square, Murcia Gate, Sagasta , Tolosa Latour, Carmen, Santa Florentina, Park, Puertas de la Serreta Square, Serreta and Church of Charity.
In the same will participate around half of associations and groups of districts and councils, that add more than 1,500 people, dressed in the typical costume Cartagena.
Bands of bagpipes, cornets and drums, groups of choirs and dances, rondallas and gangs of Campo de Cartagena, all of them have a place in the retinue, acting then upon their arrival before the patron, where they will deposit the flowers with which they will be making a floral mantle around the Virgin.
THE OTHER PROCESSES OF THE DAY
The day will be closed with passionate parades, such as the procession of the Via Crucis del Cristo de la Divina Misericordia, which will depart at six in the afternoon from the Plaza de la Merced with the following itinerary: Duque, San Ginés Square, San Francisco , San Francisco Square, Arc de la Caridad, San Vicente, Plaza de López Pinto, Serreta, Caridad, Plaza de la Inmaculada, Duque and Plaza de la Merced (south and east side).
At nightfall will be the first and youngest of the processions of the California Brotherhood: the Holy Christ of Mercy and Holy Mary of the Rosary, which will depart at nine from the Church of Santa Maria de Gracia with the usual itinerary of the rest of processions , passing first through the Calle del Aire, Cañón and Mayor.
Finally, the Virgen de la Caridad de Alumbres will parade through the streets of the town, also at nine o'clock at night, from the parish of San Roque, carrying the image carved in 1951 by José Lozano Roca who was venerated in the disappeared basilica from the town of the Escombreras Refinery.
ALL INFORMATION ON THE WEB AND ON THE MOBILE
Of all these acts and processions, as well as the rest of Holy Week, all the information for citizens and visitors is offered on the municipal portal of the processions (semanasanta.cartagena.es), with an important collection of photographs.
This website uses the free software technology Bootstrap, which allows creating interfaces that automatically adapt to the screen size of devices, whether personal computers or mobile devices such as tablets or mobile phones.
Among other advantages, this adaptive design avoids having to make different versions of the same web, one for each type of device.
It also improves its handling and navigation and takes priority over the visual aspect, making it more attractive and attractive.
This design also allows to see through the mobile the live broadcast of the processions, which this year will again offer the City of Cartagena in collaboration with the local cable television station Telecartagena.
The broadcasts will be made by leaning on the municipal Youtube channel which will provide greater visibility and promotion of Holy Week and the possibility of seeing the processions of specific days, on demand.
The Holy Week page also offers the schedules and itineraries of the processions facilitated by the Brotherhoods, as well as the most important Lent events, along with links, Holy Week marches and announcements and proclamations, pronounced since the mid-1980s. Last century.
FREE VISITS IN PUERTO DE CULTURAS
Cartagena, Puerto de Culturas takes advantage of the feast of Friday of Dolores to celebrate a day of open doors, so that the Roman Theater, the Punic Wall, the House of Fortune, the Augusteum, the Castle of the Conception, the Fort of Christmas , the Refuges of the Civil War and the Barrio del Foro Romano will be the places that can be visited for free during this day.
BAND OF TRAFFIC REORDERING
The celebration of Holy Week carries the traditional side of the Mayor's Office in which the traffic restrictions that will be maintained in the main streets of the urban area of â€‹â€‹the city, as well as in neighborhoods and councils, by the passage of the processions, are collected. remaining valid from March 23, Friday of Dolores, until Easter Sunday, April 1.
The side also includes other aspects, such as the lighting off during the procession of the Silence Procession, on Holy Thursday;
the extension of the schedule of the urban buses, the Wednesday and Good Friday, until the conclusion of the processions;
the extension of the hours of the hotel establishments and their terraces and night tables, as well as the consumption of drinks on public roads and human concentrations that interfere with the parades of passion.
SATURDAY OF MONAS AND TRANSFERS
On Saturday of Passion, March 24, throughout the afternoon, the transfers of the Marraja and California Brotherhoods will take place, as a penitential way of crucifixion, which will conclude with the arrival of their thrones to the Church of Santa María de Grace, temple from where the processions leave every day.
That same day, at 6:30 p.m., the Confraternity of the Resurrected celebrates its Cabildo de las Monas in the Isaac Peral room of the Mariner Training Station (CIM), Faculty of Business Sciences of the Polytechnic University.
In this council a review is made of the activities that have taken place throughout the year and the work of some Cartagena brothers is appreciated.
PROCESSION OF THE BURRICA
The Cofradía California, in addition to the parade of the Roman Soldiers in the morning, will take out on Palm Sunday, March 25, the street procession of the entrance of Our Father Jesus in Jerusalem, better known as the procession of the Burrica and that It is characterized by being the great parade of children, true protagonists.
The departure will be at 17.00 hours from the Church of Santa Maria, and will travel the streets Aire, Cañón, Mayor, San Sebastian Square, Gates of Murcia, Santa Florentina, Juan XXIII, Park, Serreta Gate, Serreta , Charity, Plaza de la Inmaculada, Duke, San Ginés Square, San Francisco, Campos, Jara, Aire and return to the Church of Santa María.
Source: Ayuntamiento de Cartagena