Semana Santa – Spain’s week long Easter religious festival – has officially been cancelled in Seville this year in a bid to halt the spreading Coronavirus pandemic. The ‘monumental’ decision was made this morning at 12:15 by Seville’s archbishop Juan José Asenjo, Seville’s Mayor Juan Espadas and the President of Seville’s Easter Processions, Francisco Vélez.
The three met earlier today to analyse the situation given the restrictive measures imposed by the Government’s current ‘state of emergency’ in a bid to curb the aggressive spread of the disease in the country.
The cancellation of the country’s biggest religious event is a huge blow for Spain’s economy, as well as millions of Spaniards, and tourists, who attend and participate in the processions. In fact, it’s the first time Seville’s Semana Santa has been cancelled since 1933.