Saturday, 26 March 2016
The Spanish Foreign Legion at Easter
I am in Spain.
One thing I especially like about being in Spain at Easter is the traditional holy week celebrations. One of the most spectacular is probably the procession of the Christ of the Good Death, a sculpture of the cross which is carried by Spanish legionnaires in Malaga.
Stationed in North Africa, the Spanish Foreign Legion travel by ship to Malaga every Easter to carry the cross, their patron.
Note a uniform suited to the climate in which they operate.
The tradition of carrying the cross dates back to the reconquest. Unusually, to show their strength these Spanish hard cases lift the cross rather than using their shoulders as they sing their anthem, Bridegroom of Death. (Starts at about 14' in the video below.)
It really is quite spectacular.
However you are spending your time this week, I wish you a Happy Easter.