Declared as an International Tourist Interest in 2007, it is a different Easter, where passion is lived.
Six brotherhoods known as Paso Blanco, Paso Azul, Paso Morado, Paso Encarnado, Paso de la Curia and El Resucitado, as well as the traditional processions through the old part of the city we have to particularly highlight the unbeatable Passionate Biblical marches, where the brotherhoods bring to life and recreate the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus which make these festivities spectacular.
People march dressed up in robes and masks which are hand embroidered using silk thread and golden embroidery beads, made by the most specialised workshops of the different brotherhoods. We can see anyone from King Solomon to Cleopatra, King Tabuco and Mahoma, amongst others, gloriously travelling around the main streets of the city.
Also known as the Large Fair, it takes place during the third week of September in the Huerto de la Rueda Exhibition centre, where kiosks, fairground attractions and concerts join together for 10 consecutive days, with the fair continuing throughout the day and night.
VIRGEN DE LAS HUERTAS FESTIVITIES
These are local festivities in honour of the Virgen de las Huertas, patron of the city. With her help the child Don Alfonso (future Alfonso X el Sabio) knew to conquer the castle for the Christian troops.
It is popularly known as the "Feria Chica" (Small Fair).
The day of the patron is 8th September and during that week, in the area of the Virgen de las Huertas Sanctuary there is a fair, kiosks and shows, which lead to the Large Fair.
SAN CLEMENTE FESTIVITIES (CHRISTIANS, JEWS AND MOORS)
These are local festivities in honour of San Clemente, who according to legend, on 23rd November 1244 when he was still a child Don Alfonso (future Alfonso X el Sabio) re-conquered Lorca Castle to return it to the King of Castile.
On these days the whole city goes up to the castle where the "brawl" takes place, Christians, Jews and Muslims battle for the conquest of the castle. The ambassadors also march and Kabilas and followers show off their riches.
NEIGHBOURHOOD AND DISTRICT FESTIVITIES
Every district and neighbourhood has its own local festivities and pilgrimages throughout the year.