Feast for Santo Niño and Sinulog is Cebu's biggest event
Posted: November 15, 2017 - 2:34pm
Every January in the central Philippines city of Cebu, 1.5 to 3 million people gather for a series of Masses, parades, water and land processions, beauty contests, street dances and concerts, fireworks and other events that celebrate the feast of the Santo Niño — the Holy Child — of Cebu. Drawing visitors from throughout the region, the city doubles in size for the celebration, which is the biggest event of the year in Cebu.
Semana Santa processions a 500-year tradition in Ronda, Spain
Posted: August 9, 2017 - 12:42pm
Ronda, an ancient striking hilltop city of just under 35,000 people in Andalucia, in the south of Spain, has its own tradition of Holy Week processions marking the Passion of Jesus, dating back to the mid-16th century, less than 100 years after the city was recaptured from Muslim control.
Beyond Holy Week processions, confraternities offer year-round fellowship in Spain
Posted: August 8, 2017 - 4:00pm
Confraternities are extraordinarily important in the life of the Church in Seville. There are nearly 600 canonically recognized confraternities and brotherhoods in the Diocese of Seville. Seventy-three of these are Penitential confraternities that process in the city of Seville during Holy Week, or in the days before it.
Marches and saetas are integral musical forms to Spain's Holy Week processions
Posted: August 4, 2017 - 4:22pm
Two forms of music, marches and saetas — musical forms that are not, in other parts of the world, readily associated with Catholic religious music — are integral parts of Semana Santa processions in Seville.
Seville's Holy Week processions exaggerate gender roles
Posted: August 4, 2017 - 10:18am
Holy Week processions in Seville show a quite explicitly gendered form of religiosity, one that repeatedly allows for displays of masculinity even in a society that has become much more egalitarian, and in confraternities that today are open to men and women.
Seville's streets flooded with 60 processions throughout Holy Week
Posted: July 31, 2017 - 4:20pm
Semana Santa processions are unparalleled in Seville, where 60 official processions traverse the center city throughout Holy Week from afternoon deep into the night.
Spain's Holy Week processions engage masses
Posted: July 31, 2017 - 3:18pm
In many cities in Spain, and elsewhere in the Iberian-influenced world, Semana Santa — Holy Week — is marked by major public processions that recount and ritualize the events of the Passion, providing a visual catechism and giving the masses a chance to participate in the story.
Faith and family hand in hand, divorce illegal in the Philippines
Posted: June 5, 2017 - 11:57am
Filipinos participate in religious events as families, often as extended families. More often than not, the family is the unit of analysis.
Introduction: Catholicism holds near monopoly on religious life in Spain
Posted: May 17, 2017 - 9:54am
Even while Spain is a European Union member country with much more open borders and integration into Europe, Catholicism has a near monopoly on the religious life of the country.
In Israel, language connects worship to Jewish traditions
Posted: May 3, 2017 - 2:42pm
Liturgy is inculturated in a number of interesting ways. The Jewish origins of Catholic liturgy become even more apparent when Mass is celebrated in Hebrew.