The particular way of celebrating the festivities is the identity of each territory. A perfect occasion to enjoy and get to know some of them is in Spain during Easter Week. Besides the popular processions, every part of the country hides a tradition to celebrate these festive days in its own way. Today we are going to review some of them so you can choose which one you want to live during the holidays.
The Easter monkey in Catalonia, a delicious ritual
Days before the arrival of the Easter week, Easter monkeys flood the sideboards of all bakeries and pastry shops in the region. From the smallest towns to the big cities these delicacies, usually made of chocolate and with decorative elements in the shape of chicks, are appetising for everyone. As tradition dictates, the godfather or godmother should give one of these tempting and tasty monkeys to their godchild and wait until Easter Monday to eat with the rest of the family.
Semana Santa Marinera de Valencia, noisy and meaningful
Due to its close relationship with the sea, hence the name, Valencia celebrates one of the country’s most peculiar traditions next to the Mediterranean. On Easter Sunday, when the bells ring at midnight, when the procession of Gloria begins, the residents of the maritime districts throw plates, stews and sharp from the windows and balconies of their houses to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. The “trencà dels perols” is also a night full of music and open character that makes all its assistants enjoy an exceptional night.
The origin of the torrijas dates back centuries and eating them during Holy Week is a tradition spread throughout most of Spain. Depending on the region, its elaboration varies, from finding them bathed in milk to elaborated with orange or lemon skins and even wine. A very popular tradition for the most sweet tooth.
The Dance of the Death of Verges
During the Holy Thursday procession in Verges, the Dance of Death is celebrated. This ritual is made up of five skeletons, a scythe, a clock without drills and an ash plate that dance to the rhythm of a drum. The figures dance in a macabre way symbolizing the terror that caused the black plague and at the same time, as Christianity was a hope over death.
Now that you know some of the traditions associated with Semana Santa, what are your favorites?