Whatever the origins, the spectacle of Holy Week in the cities and towns of Andalusia is both impressive and beautiful. The images of the Virgin Mary are dressed in fine clothes, embroidered with gold thread and pearls; one, The Virgin of the Flowers has a train to her dress made of flowers, newly made each year by the gardeners of Málaga.
Some of these thrones weigh two tons or more and are carried on the shoulders of hundreds of men (sometimes a few women). The number of men required to carry each throne depends on its size as the rule appears to be that each man takes the weight of 15 kilos on his shoulder. That means that you can have between 500 and 1000 people in each procession, carrying the two thrones.