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Antonio brings his favourite girls to Malaga

March 21, 2005
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Movie heart-throb Antonio Banderas has been treating his family to a very Spanish holiday. The hunky actor took his wife Melanie Griffith and their little girl Stella to his home town of Malaga just as the annual Holy Week celebrations got underway.

The A-list family were pictured as they watched the traditional Palm Sunday processions pass below their window. And Antonio, who was snapped pointing out details of the display to his eight-year-old daughter, seemed to be relishing the opportunity to share a little of his heritage with his two favourite girls.

Every spring towns and cities throughout Spain explode in vibrant celebration as the country marks Easter Week. Ornately decorated floats bearing statues of the Virgin Mary or Jesus are carried through the streets while sombre religious songs are sung by local performers.

"Nazarenos" dressed in long hooded tunics walk beside the heavy floats as they pass slowly from street to street. Each one is accompanied by a brotherhood - many of which date back to the 15th century - with its own unique ceremonies and traditions.

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Photo: Rex
Melanie and Antonio watch pre-Easter processions in the coastal town with their daughter Stella. The Spanish actor, who has recently completed work on his second Zorro flick, was enjoying a break before he gets started on Shrek 3
Photo: Rex
Every year towns and cities across Spain stage huge celebrations to mark Holy Week. The floats that pass through the streets form part of a tradition dating back hundreds of years

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