Semana Santa (Easter Week)
Easter Celebrations kick off on Sunday 25th March with Palm Sunday, running right the way up to Sunday 1st April, Easter Sunday, in Mallorca. Over the course of the week, expect traditional rituals and processions to mark the Passion of Christ. Festivities will be taking place around the whole island as each town and village celebrates in their own way but the biggest celebrations will, of course, happen in Palma, the island’s capital. There are several events to look out for, including Palm Sunday. The entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem is commemorated with a procession, where locals carry olive and palm branches, after which are kept in homes to ward off evil spirits.
Holy Thursday is one of the most spectacular displays and brings thousands of people together in the streets in Palma and across many of the towns around the island. Carapunats (or hooded penitents) each put on their own rendition of the ‘Crist de la Sang’ processions, where a representation of the crucified Christ is carried through the streets to remind worshippers of the meaning of Christianity. Here, solemn music is played as the brotherhoods from the various churches parade through the streets dressed in long flowing robes (colour dependent on their church), pointed hats and masks carrying floats covered in flowers and statues of Christ.
On Good Friday you can expect to see the illustrious re-enactment of the Passion of Christ which traditionally takes place on the steps outside Palma’s Cathedral at midday. Later in the evening, the Sant Enterrament (Holy Burial) procession departs from Sant Francesc at 19.00. On Easter Sunday, in the morning, the Procession of Reunion takes place in Palma in honour of the reunion of Jesus Christ with his mother after his resurrection. In summary, men carry a statue of Jesus throughout the streets of the city towards the women who carry the statue of the Virgin Mary.