I’m Sorry. Now, Give Me Chocolate.

NOTE THE BRILLIANTLY EXECUTED WOOD-CARVING OF JESUS CHRIST
IN THE DEPARTMENT STORE WINDOW.

I still haven’t seen a procession. The rains, although welcome and beautiful after so many mostly dry months, have put a damper (yes, a damper) on many of this week’s outdoor activities. I took a walk yesterday afternoon and watched for two processions scheduled soon to arrive at the plazas of La Campana and Duque de la Victoria.

TOURISTS, SHOPPERS, PENITENT.

While I waited, I snapped more pictures of penitents, but then the skies again darkened and I could hear thunder in the distance. So I walked the few blocks home and arrived just ahead of a great thunderstorm and downpour. A couple of penitents took shelter in the lobby of the music store across the street. I would have thought walking in the rain could have been part of their penance.

I STILL FIND THE WHITE HOODS UNSETTLING — MATCHING TAN SUEDE BIRKENSTOCKS
AND FLOWER-EMBROIDERED CUMMERBUNDS NOTWITHSTANDING.

I would love to stop someone and ask them what they are repenting, if anything. Yesterday, I saw a 5-year-old in a blue robe, carrying his hood, while walking hand-in-hand with his mother. What could he possibly have done that would require him to publicly (yet anonymously) repent?

THE SUGAR GIRALDA AT LA CAMPANA SURROUNDED BY DECORATIVE
AS WELL AS EDIBLE PENITENTS. NOW THIS I UNDERSTAND.

While out walking today, I asked a very nice guy in a local shop if he could shed some light on all this. He explained that most people are dressed in the robes and conical hats of penitents for tradition’s sake and aren’t really repenting their sins. He told me he could understand our discomfort with the cone-hooded strangers. He’s from Sevilla and it makes him uncomfortable, too.

THEY DO HAVE CHOCOLATE EASTER EGGS (AND TIKI HEADS… AND PINEAPPLES)!

I might try and catch one procession as it leaves its home church around 5 p.m. It’s then supposed to walk right below our windows a few minutes after midnight tonight as it makes its return trip. Here’s hoping the rains don’t force this one to cancel.

RESERVED SEATING IN PLAZA DE SAN FRANCISCO (WHERE THEY USED TO BURN HERETICS).
CITY HALL TO THE RIGHT. BANK OF SPAIN, CENTER.

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

30 thoughts on “I’m Sorry. Now, Give Me Chocolate.”

  1. Hi Mitch – I'm still shaking with laughter at the sight of chocolate penitents! The shop window looks like a fund-raiser for the KKK! Perhaps they sell Sherbert Flaming Crosses too?

    Don't catch a chill on your blog's behalf by standing out in the rain – take an umbrella!

  2. Wow, have to say that the hooded penitents make me uncomfortable as well (and especially the 5 year old in one). But the chocolate ones look awesome!

  3. The sugar Giralda at La Campana is very impressive. I'd settle for a chocolate egg though – preferably one of the white chocolate ones.

    1. Elaine:
      The sugar Giralda is stunning. I wrote about originally back in October; it was then replaced with a chocolate Nativity scene for Christmas, and now it's back with the penitents. I wonder if that makes it a penitentiary (which sounds like something your brother would say…).

      White chocolate, huh? You'd do well in our house. Jerry would get all the dark chocolate and I would get all the milk chocolate and you would get all the white!

  4. I keep hearing about peeps so I had to go to prof Google to find out what they are. See, Mitch, your blog is so educational! Now I know about penitents and peeps!

  5. Mitch,
    Do you know if there is any significance to the different colors of the Penitents outfits? I see blue, black and white. Are they gender or age specific or does the color represent how repentant you should be?

    Scott

    1. Scott:
      The colors conform to whatever procession they're in. They all have some kind of emblem or belt that identifies specifically which Catholic brotherhood/sisterhood/fraternity they belong to. So, in one procession, all wear the same color(s) no matter their age (or sins).

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