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Subject: [OM] IMG: Santa Faz
From: Nathan Wajsman <photo@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 22 Apr 2023 08:56:07 +0200
Every year, one of the biggest processions in Spain takes place here in 
Alicante, on the second Thursday after Easter. The 6 km route goes from the St. 
Nicolas cathedral in the centre of Alicante to the Santa Faz monastery on the 
outskirts of the city. The monastery houses an important relic, a piece of the 
cloth used by St. Veronica to wipe Jesus’s face on the cross, later divided 
into three parts, one of which ended up in Alicante. The relic was involved in 
the Miracle of the Tear in 1489, ending a long drought that plagued the area 
that year (we could use a similar miracle right now, it has not rained for more 
than 100 days and the water reservoirs are getting dangerously low). The whole 
story is explained in the link at the bottom of the post.

The procession this year had more than 300,000 participants. Some of them do it 
for religious reasons, others because it is a local tradition, and still others 
just to have fun. The latter is especially true of the young people who used to 
walk pushing shopping carts full of booze and snacks which they would consume 
on the beach afterwards. But since 3-4 years ago this huge “botellón” is not 
allowed, and the police is out in force on the beach to make sure the 
prohibition is kept. I am sure the young revellers manage to imbibe a bit 
anyway, but it is nothing like it used to be. At the other extreme are the 
truly devoted pilgrims who walk barefoot.

The procession ends at the monastery where an outdoor Mass is held on the 
square in front of the church, and then, this being Spain, a giant picnic 
ensues, and the local bars and restaurants do a roaring business.

I live about 3 km from the Santa Faz monastery, so I went there on bicycle 
(obviously the entire area was closed to traffic), parked it next to a mobile 
police unit for added security, and walked a couple of km towards the city in 
order to meet the procession. I then walked back to Santa Faz with the 
procession, taking in the ambience and of course taking pictures throughout. 
The resulting gallery is here:


As always, comments and critique are welcome and appreciated.

For more details of the religious background of the event, look here:



Nathan Wajsman


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