If you’re in Barcelona you are for sure experimenting this Easter week in a more or less intense way, either having a relaxing holiday in the city or traveling somewhere outside it. For those who have stayed in Barcelona during these days, we want to give them some options to enjoy these religious holidays with some activities that they can attend. From ShBarcelona we always try you to enjoy the city to the fullest, especially when there is an event to celebrate, as in this case. Check out what the city has to offer!
Spain is a rather Catholic country and religion emerges on the streets these days: most of these events are to “take a walk” with religious figures of the churches in parades followed by faithful Christians. Easter week begins on Domingo de Ramos, which was this year on March the 29, whit a procession around the cathedral of Barcelona and people carrying palms, palmones, olive or laurel branches to be blessed so they will have good luck the rest of the year. This is followed by a week of religious ceremonies which ends on Easter Sunday.
The previous Friday called “Holy Friday” is when the guilds and religious brotherhoods walk in procession with sacred images. These processions take place throughout the city, but here there are some of the most famous: the procession of the “Burreta” in the Raval, which is led by an entity from the south of Spain (Andalusia) and leaves the church of Sant Agustí at 10am; another procession leaves at 6:45pm from the Sant Jaume’s church, in the Gothic Quarter from the Brotherhood of Our Lady of Sorrows in Barcelona; in the adjacent town to Barcelona Hospitalet de Llobregat takes place one of the most massive processions, which could gather millions of people.
After Easter Sunday, Easter Monday takes place and is when the godparents of children (designated at birth) should get them or the traditional Mona de Pascua, a cake made of chocolate with figures and chocolate eggs. Kids love to eat it and look forward to get to! There are bakeries that produce “monas” that are real fancy stuff of pastry.
If you are not religious, you also have plenty to do during this festive week. You can visit the Sagrada Familia and Park Guell, or stroll through the oldest neighborhoods in the city such as the Gothic Quarter or the Borne neighborhood. At this time of year, the warmth of spring begins to be felt, people goes out for a walk and people enjoy some short holidays on town.