The celebration marked by the Christian tradition of representing the passion and death of Jesus, has two manifestations in Istán which give it its own unique stamp: The Easter Week processions through the narrow, winding streets of the town or the representation of the Passion, which has recently been declared Andalucian Festivity of National Touristic Interest.
“El Paso” (“The Pass”) is a deep-rooted tradition in Istán, whose origin dates back to the XVII century, specifically 1.666 during which the representations began in the village square. They were suspended during the years prior to the civil war, although they never disappeared from the memories of the panochos who, in 1.980, once again revived them.
In olden times, the characters were covered with masks and carried out the movements narrated by a choir on the stage of the town square. Currently, live dramatisations are performed of passages from the Old and New Testaments which culminate with the Crucifixion of Jesus on Good Friday at the sports centre.
It is a much respected tradition, popular and much favoured, which carries the collaboration of the whole village, until as now the number of characters exceeds a hundred each year. However, it is the oldest who bring the greatest experience acquired from the “Pasos” of years gone by.
On Sunday the Resurrection is celebrated with a tradition of eating “hornazos” (Easter bread) in the countryside. The hornazos are made with bread, without yeast, and with a cooked egg in the centre. These days they can be bought towards the end of Easter Week in the bakeries of the town.