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Top 5 Easter Events in Mallorca
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Top 5 Easter Events in Mallorca
Semana Santa (Holy Week) – Various Churches across the Island
Dates: 29th March – 5th April
Located at churches across the island, a week of solemn Easter preparation begins on Palm Sunday, when palm and olive branches are blessed before being taken home to adorn front doors. It is custom to keep the palm branches at home to ward off the evil eye over the following 12 months. During Holy Week, processions take place daily in Palma, the biggest being on Monday and Thursday, and you can also share in this experience outside of Palma as other towns put on their own processions. The processions see floats carrying magnificent sculptures that depict scenes from the gospels related to the Passion of Christ or the Sorrows of the Virgin Mary.
Davallament – Various churches across the Island
Dates: Good Friday, 3rd April
Devallament takes place during Holy Week and is celebrated in many villages across Mallorca as well as in Palma Cathedral. This is the representation of Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea taking Jesus’ body down from the cross. Two of the towns that hold the longest tradition are Arta, where the act takes place on San Salvador, and Pollensa, where it finishes at the Ortaory del Calvari. In Palma, the poem ‘El Via Crucis’, by Llorenc Moya is acted out.
Easter Sunday – Mallorca
Dates: 5th April
The week’s festivities draw to a finale on the Sunday of Glory, Easter Sunday, the procession of Encuentro is held across Mallorca. The parade allows you to spectate as the meeting between the effigies of the mourning Virgin Mary and the resurrected Christ takes place. It is tradition to throw rose petals, or better still in some towns, masses of sweets, to mark the triumphant end of the mourning. Celebrations continue as Mary gives three jumps (els tres botets) of happiness at seeing her son resurrected to applause from the crowds and bells chiming.
Los Pancaritats – Mallorca
Dates: 7th – 12th April
The Sanctuaries and Hermitages of Mallorca assume vital importance the week following Holy Week. Many towns across Mallorca celebrate Pancaritats, mass picnics held outside the villages. Some towns such as Andratx, Muro, Pollensa, Selva, Sineu and Sant Juan hold them on Easter Monday, whereas towns such as Montuiri, Petra, Ariany, Villafranca, Alcudia, Algaida, Campanet, Felantix, Llubi, Manacor and Sa Pobia hold these on the Tuesday. After lunch, the residents of each town climb up to Son Vives in a procession behind a carriage carrying the Virgin Mary. This is where they celebrate the Last Supper and finish off their remaining picnic.
Domingo del Angel – Palma
Dates: 12th April
Domingo del Angel, Angel Sunday, is the Sunday after Easter. Celebrated in the capital, Palma de Mallorca, experience a procession, blessings and some traditional Spanish food at one of the biggest fiestas of the year. During the festival, hundreds of people walk from the town hall to the Castillo de Bellver, with musicians and people dressed as giants. Soak up the atmosphere and involve yourself, the tasty food along with music creates lots of fun and there are also special games for children.
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