Easter (Semana Santa)

From: Barcelona Festivals and Events

See also: Barcelona CathedralSagrada Familia La Rambla Placa de Catalunya

Easter (Semana Santa)
Easter is widely celebrated throughout Barcelona and involves many religious procession's through the streets with beautifully decorated floats carrying the statue of Jesus Christ or the Virgen Mary.

The processions are organized by members of religious brotherhoods known as Hermandades y Cofradías de Penitencia, who each organize and participate in Easter processions and events for their church.

These elaborate floats are carefully carried by sometimes well over 20 people known as costaleros on a litter that travels from their own home parish to the Barcelona Cathedral before travelling back again to their own parish.

The procession also includes members of the brotherhood wearing penitential robes which have distinctive pointed hats that are often black or red in colour with their faces covered, along with other followers often dressed in white robes carrying palm leaves and accompanied by traditional marching bands.

Processions often take place on Palm Sunday (Domingo de Ramos), Good Friday (Viernes Santo), Easter Saturday (Sabado Santo), Easter Sunday or Resurrection Sunday (Domingo Santo) and travel through many different areas of the city such as La rambla and the Gothic Quarter.

Easter begins on Palm Sunday (Domingo de Ramos) and is followed by Holy Wednesday (Miercoles Santo), Maundy Thursday (Jueves Santo), Good Friday (Viernes Santo), Holy Saturday (Sabado Santo) and ends on Easter Sunday (Domingo Santo), with Easter Monday often a holiday.

During Easter there are plenty of chocolates, Easter eggs and sweets available and a popular cake called Mona de Pascua which is beautifully decorated with the likes of chocolate eggs, almond flakes or sweets and is widely available and readily consumed as it symbolizes the end of Lent.

Easter is a moveable feast which varies between the 22nd of March and the 25th of April, taking place either on or after the first full moon of the spring equinox.

Areas that often feature in the Easter celebrations are the Barcelona Cathedral and the Sagrada Familia.

Travel Guide
There are often reduced public services during Easter, although you'll often find plenty of taxis available and some shops and attractions may also be closed during this time.