Passion and Death of Jesus of Nazareth. Igualeja. Easter. Unique Festival
This festival has been declared to be of Tourist Interest by the Provincial Council of Málaga.
Please check with the local Town Hall or Municipal Tourism Office for the festival date before planning any sightseeing activities.
Nestled between Sierra Blanca, Sierra Bermeja and the Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park, Igualeja welcomes visitors with one of the most spectacular springs in the area. With vigorous water gushing out of a deep cave, this point is considered by many to be the source of the Genal River.
Very little is known about this mountain village’s history, which seems to hide amongst the flora, waiting to be discovered. However, there are more peculiarities. Locals love taking part in cultural and festive activities, which makes it easy to hold one of the most ancient and important celebrations in the municipality—the performance of the Passion and death of Jesus of Nazareth.
There are two different yet closely related ways to interpret Holy Week. On the one hand, there is the living representation (the so-called “pasos”). Originated in 1907 when a parish priest of Olías, Juan Caravaca, wrote the plays that would be performed every year until 1920. The tradition was taken up in 1984.
On the other hand, religious images are being paraded throughout the entire week. It starts on Saturday of Passion with the official opening of the “pasos”, followed by the re-enactment of Jesus' Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem, which takes place at dawn on Palm Sunday. Igualeja is unquestionably passionate about Holy Week. Everybody gets involved in the Easter celebrations and plays a part in the street performance. This event is held on Holy Saturday starting at noon with free admission. When the show is over, there is a complimentary dinner at the Nativity for everyone.