Spain celebrates Semana Santa
(Holy Week) with a series of religious processions leading up to the Easter weekend. Málaga city in southern Spain is famous for its impressive processions over the religious holiday period.
Reportedly, Antonio Banderas has always been involved in the processions, but this year his wife decided to take part for the first time ever.
On Monday, March 25, 2013, Melanie Griffith appeared in one of Málaga's most famous religious processions, the "Jesus Cautivo" (captured Jesus). Dressed all in black, Griffith joined thousands of other people as the procession wound its way through the Málaga streets.
took the religious figure of Jesus as a prisoner from the brotherhood's headquarters on Jesus Cautivo Square in the city center.
Griffith's husband, Antonio Banderas, participates actively in several brotherhoods, but this is the first time that she has done so. She normally watches the processions as they pass by from Banderas' parents apartment in the city center.
Banderas himself participated "as just another brother" in the Palm Sunday "Virgin of Tears and Favours" procession as part of the Combined Brotherhoods.
He told reporters
just before the procession left that, "The pointed hood gives me a freedom I no longer find walking down the street with my face uncovered – it puts me at the same level as everybody else, we're all even. That's what the pointed hood is all about, hiding your identity and going from being an individual to being part of a group."
The pointed hood that Banderas mentions are the silk hoods worn by "penitents" in the processions, as seen in the image on the left taken during celebrations in Fuengirola, Spain.
"I believe that Holy Week in the 21st century must involve the entire community. The Málaga brotherhoods have 70,000 members, and if we can put all that energy and human potential to use, we can do many things, and that's the commitment many brotherhoods are making," he added.
It turns out that Banderas, Griffith, their daughter Stella del Carmen and Dakota, the daughter of Melanie and her former husband, actor Don Johnson, also managed to watch some of the processions pass by, as can be seen in the amateur video above.