Alcalá prides itself in having one of the oldest and unique religious traditions in the entire province. The procession on Maundy Thursday, known as the “madrugá”, includes dramatised scenes of the events on Mount Calvary in which locals and visitors actively participate. This is the essence of Alcalá’s Holy Week. For this, it has been declared an event of National Tourist Interest.
The processions during Holy Week begin on Palm Sunday (Confraternities of the Borriquita (Jesus rides on a donkey) and the Rosary); Holy Tuesday (Confraternity of Forgiveness); Holy Wednesday (Confraternities of the Captive Christ and Sovereign Power); Maundy Thursday (Confraternity of Bitterness); Good Friday (Confraternitie of the Holy Burial); and, finally, Holy Saturday (Confraternity of Divine Mercy). These processions are always accompanied by the unique sound of the “saeta alcalareña”, a revered form of religious music sung during public processions. These “saetas” in particular are unique to Alcalá de Guadaíra; “alcalareña” meaning from Alcalá.