Setmana Santa (Holy Week)

Setmana Santa (Holy Week)

Where: various venues
When: Apr 15-22, 2019

Holy Week and related dates such as Ash Wednesday and Corpus Christi do not have a fixed date like the rest of Christian holidays. Passion or Easter Week is celebrated on the Sunday following the first full moon of the spring equinox, ranging from 22 March to 25 April. Below are the dates for the Holy Week of the year consulted.

Easter for Catalans is a relatively sober affair, with none of the pageantry embraced by their southern cousins. The main event is the blessing of the palms on ‘diumenge de rams’ (Palm Sunday). Crowds surge into the cathedral clutching bleached palm fronds bought from stalls around the city; these are then used to bring luck to households. On Good Friday, a series of small processions and blessings take place in front of the cathedral. On Easter Sunday, godparents dole out the ‘money’: chocolate confections, more elaborate than humble Easter eggs.