Los ninos santos

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Los ninos santos

The Semana Santa (Holy Week) is the most important Spanish holiday, maybe even more so than Christmas. From Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, religious sentiment takes over the scene in Catholic Spain. It is a moment of great fervour and participation. In the city of Seville alone, Holy Thursday has nearly a million spectators.

I’ve seen them in the streets full of incense and litanies, behind carts rich with gold.

Resigned and intent.

Tired and sad.

Exploded in loud crying to remind everyone of their presence.

Set aside in a world of games and secret thoughts, where you invent a word and forget the rest.

And I’ve seen the curious stares, the pouting lips, the small hands tighten and turn themselves over trustingly.

It wasn’t my choice to take a photo, it was theirs.