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Life in Culebrón is a disconnected series of pieces about the banal and ordinary of everyday life in an inland Alicante village seen from my very British perspective.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Jesus plays to the crowd

Maggie and I went to stay with our friends John and Claire Morrison at their house just outside Altea for the Palm Sunday weekend. We had a really pleasant weekend doing nothing in particular but we did pop into Altea to watch the Domingo de Ramos procession.

There are two churches in Altea, one down on the seafront and the other at the top of the hill around which the old town is built. The Palm Sunday procession set out from the church on the coast and made its way up the hill. There were some sort of "altar boys" leading the way followed by a few priests, a band, Jesus riding on a donkey, a bundle of people in costume and lots of ordianary people carrying palms and olive branches. The great and the good (shiny suits and designer frocks) brought up the rear. The band wore Arab type clothing and played a repetitive little dance number to help keep the volume up. They could hardly be heard above the crowd.

Jesus looked dead happy, he waved, he smiled to the crowd, he pouted and posed for photos.

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