Around 1,500 women take part in the Semana Santa (Holy Week) parade in Alicante as "damas de mantilla" (mantilla women), wearing the traditional mantilla – a lace shawl worn over the head and shoulders.
Damas de mantilla parade during Semana Santa in Alicante. Photo: Paco Cameo/Flickr.
They are still a common sight during Holy Week, as well as during other occasions such as weddings and bullfights.
Now the association responsible for organizing Alicante’s Holy Week parade has issued guidelines on what the mantilla women should, and should not, wear during the annual parade.
Women are not allowed to wear skirts above the knee or show cleavage and the colour red is a definite no no, according to the guidelines.
Photo: Cristina Quicler/AFP.
Fishnet tights are out and women should not even consider trying out a daring make-up look – make-up should not be "shrill" and be "as naturaas possible".
Photo: Jorge Castro/Flickr
Other new rules include the banning of tight-fitting dresses and long gloves as well as specifying exactly how high women should wear their hair, they do not want it to get in the way of the mantilla, after all.
President of the association that issued the guidelines, Alberto Payá, told local newspaper, La Verdad, that the women already knew the guidelines, but now they had been given in writing.
He added that the rules were "logical and coherent and have been followed for years".
And if a mantilla woman decides to paint her lips red or ends up showing her cleavage?
"They will be invited to leave the official parade," Payá said.