Translation of holy in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /ˈhəʊli/

adj (-lier, -liest)

  • 1.1 (sacred, sanctified) [ground/place] sagrado, santo; [day] de precepto, de guardar; [water] bendito the Holy Bible la Sagrada or Santa Biblia the Holy City la Ciudad Santa the Holy Family la Sagrada Familia the Holy Father/Office el Santo Padre/Oficio the holy oil los santos óleos holy orders órdenes (fpl) sagradas to take holy orders ordenarse sacerdote to be in holy orders ser* sacerdote the Holy Rood la Santa Cruz the Holy Scripture las Sagradas Escrituras Holy Week Semana Santa a holy war una guerra santa 1.2 [person/life/virtue] santo 1.3 [colloquial/familiar] they had a holy horror of gambling el juego les parecía un sacrilegio that child is a holy terror ese niño es el mismísimo demonio [familiar/colloquial] holy cow o mackerel o Moses o smoke! ¡rayos y centellas!, ¡Dios bendito!

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The most famous celebrations of Holy Week in the Spanish-speaking world are held in Seville. Lay brotherhoods, cofradías, process through the city in huge parades between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. Costaleros bear the pasos, huge floats carrying religious figures made of painted wood. Others, nazarenos (Nazarenes) and penitentes (penitents) walk alongside the pasos, in their distinctive costumes. During the processions they sing saetas, flamenco verses mourning Christ's passion. The Seville celebrations date back to the sixteenth century.