The streets of Seville throng with Semana Santa this week. Between Palm Sunday and Easter itself, the city hosts a delicate combination of solemn religious processions and a candy-floss-coloured carnival.
The radios and newspapers buzz with timetables, with 2010 seeing the arrival of a downloadable version for your mobile phone and, of course, a dedicated twitter stream (#ssanta10 if you’re curious and can speak Spanish.)
On Thursday night, Seville’s metro system stays awake all night to cater for the crowds that fill its escalators in both directions.
So, what’s it all about?
Oh, and those are bats flying over the cathedral in the first photo…and yes, children carry three foot candles while dressed in long gowns and then play with fire to make wax balls: