Nazarenos (hooded penitents) during the Cofrades (Brotherhoods) Holy thursday procession.
Like in many other parts of Spain, the Holy Week Processions were a dying a tradition in the Bilbao of the 1980s.. There is currently in Bilbao a tenth of brotherhoods (cofradías) hosted in the main parishes in the city. Some of them have more than 1 000 brothers. Processions go from Monday of Grieves until Resurrection Sunday. During those days, several figures of the Virgin Mary, Christ and scenes of the Passion are carried out in the streets of Bilbao by the penitents or nazarenos, dressed with their peculiar hoods.
The Procession of the Holy Burial is the most interesting of them and goes on in the evening of Maundy Thursday from the different churches in the Old Town to Plaza Moyúa, on the opposite side of the river. The procession is organised principally by the Brotherhood of the Holy True Cross, the oldest in Bilbao , which has its home in the Church of the Saint Johns.