How to celebrate Easter in Spain
This article is dedicated to those who are thinking about a trip to Spanish cities and can not decide on the time of year and the exact date of travel. If you want to get acquainted not only with local sights, try amazing tapas or gazpacho, but also with cultural heritage, then the Holy Week period is just what you need.
Semana Santa is a festive week before the Resurrection of Christ, and even among the most unbelieving Catholics, is considered holy. At Easter in Spain, they hold solemn parades, prepare delicious treats and arrange a kind of family vacation. In this article we will tell how to celebrate Easter in Spain.
When and how is the celebration in 2019
As in our country, la Pascua changes its date every year, but always falls on the beginning of April. Catholic Easter comes a week before the Orthodox. Therefore, Russians living in Spain have to restrain themselves, as their fasting continues.
Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday (Domingo de Ramos) and ends on Easter Saturday. Up to 20 processions can take place on each day. In fact, preparation begins a few weeks before the first date. To ensure that all religious events are most spectacular, people decorate their balconies with palm branches and diligently prepare themselves for traditional customs. They select elegant decorations and elegant sculptures that will accompany them on platforms-thrones, etc.
- Domingo de Ramos (Palm Sunday) - April 14;
- Good Friday - April 19;
- Great Saturday - April 20;
- Easter Sunday - April 21;
- Easter Day - April 22.
Tame your curiosity. Of course, not all Spaniards go to churches for masses and don’t wear pointed hats and veils. A third of residents are sent on a weekend to the beaches of Isla Canela, Playa de Bologna, Cala de Casa Calobra and others, for relaxing with family and friends. They have picnics and enjoy the warm sunshine. After all, soon there will be several weekends in a row, you need to seize the moment.
The secret capital of Semana Santa (Holy Week) is Seville. Even the traffic specially adapts to the processions. The city center is completely blocked. To see a variety of views closer, many tourists (and ordinary people) take places from the night, put up chairs and wait for the beginning. Of course the most thoughtful occupy places in the nearest cafes. This pleasure is expensive, but it combines the pleasant with the useful.
In Seville, usually the largest number of processions takes place, because there are most fraternities, about 61.
Curious fact. The very first official Semana Santa was held in 1179 in the city of Zamora. It is there that the celebrations are held in a more medieval style, which especially fascinates both tourists and locals.
Each region of its sunny country has its own traditions and for one time simply does not revise them. Somewhere solemn events are very dark, others have more vivid and extravagant. For example, in Salamanca, the procession takes place on an old bridge (from the time of the Romans). “Sinners” in spiky robes walk on a magnificently decorated platform accompanying the statues of saints. Women carry the image of the Virgin Mary on their shoulders.
You dream to see Antonio Banderas, then go to Malaga. This is his hometown and the famous actor comes here every year to celebrate or participate in the processions of his Fusionadas fraternity.
During this period, another event is taking place that you definitely will not see in tourist brochures - pardoning prisoners. This is not the case in the legislative system of the country, but since the 18th century a tacit law has been in effect, and representatives of cofrades represent one pardoned each. In all regions, up to 20 prisoners are thus released. You can see it on the main squares.
Thanks to the outfits and creates a feeling of solemnity, mystery and mysticism. But how did it go? The pointed cap with slits for the eyes, long, covering the whole body, the mantle is the so-called “El Capirote”. During the times of the Great Inquisition, sinners were forced to dress like this. Thus, the guilty novices could be seen from afar, while their identity remained anonymous. Now, outwardly, the outfits remain the same, with the exception of colors and decorations. Each color highlights its fraternity. Ladies wear black dresses and mantilla (veil) and carry lighted candles. So they show their sorrow over Jesus Christ. All participants will certainly sing, which creates even more trepidation.
Of course, like ours, la Pascua is not complete without traditional dishes. On this bright holiday, people exchange eggs.
One of the favorite sweets of the Spaniards - Mona de Pascua. This is a cupcake, generously sprinkled with sugar, made in the shape of a donut. Inside put a painted egg. Each region has its own traditional dishes, but there is no obligatory anywhere. For example, Easter sausages are cooked in Valencia, and in Catalonia a roasted rabbit is served.
Hornazo pie, yeast dough, stuffed with eggs, chorizo, ham and pork is also popular.