What we can do in Barcelona during Holy Week

Barcelona is not a city that today stands out especially for liturgical festivals or famous processions during the days of Easter.

In the past, each neighbourhood had its own procession, but over time these customs have been lost. Even so, during the last few years some feasts linked to Holy Week have resurfaced, such as the Burreta procession that takes place on Palm Sunday in the Raval district.

On the other hand, in Barcelona it is difficult to get bored and, whether it is Easter itself or the arrival of spring, the city offers a varied repertoire of activities, concerts and parties with which adults and children can enjoy.

Next we show a good sample of the things that we can do during the Holy Week in Barcelona in 2019 whether liturgical or not:

Altarpiece of the Basilica of the Sants Màrtirs Just i Pastor

Palm Sunday in Barcelona

On Palm Sunday (Sunday, April 14), parents step aside so that grandparents can walk with their grandchildren and buy them palm trees to bless them in churches.

Also, on Palm Sunday there is the procession of the Burreta that we mentioned earlier. Of Andalusian origin, it has its origins at the beginning of this century. It starts from the church of Sant Agustí in the Raval district and goes through the streets of the Gothic district until returning to the same church.

Andalusian Holy Week in L’Hospitalet

The closest thing to how to live the Holy Week in Andalusia near Barcelona you will find in Hospitalet. Since the end of the eighties, the community of Andalusian origin in L’Hospitalet del Llobregat celebrates its own Holy Week with arrows.

Processions take place on Palm Sunday (Sunday 14 April), Good Friday (19 April), Holy Saturday (20 April) and Easter Sunday (21 April), all of them departing from the Plaza de la Bòbila.

The Procession of Mysteries or Silence in Badalona

Absolute silence, lights out and suddenly we hear some steps advancing and the voice of a child singing Record Jesucrist. Badalona offers every year the Procession of the Mysteries or of the Silence.

The procession begins in front of the church of Santa María and goes through the district Dalt de la Vila to return to the same church.

Festival of Flowers and Gardens of Barcelona in Poble Espanyol

Almond trees in bloom in front of the Romanesque replica of Sant Miquel

Usually Easter arrives with the explosion of colors that spring offers and in 2019 we are lucky. The fourth edition of De Flor en Flor 2019, the Barcelona Flowers and Gardens Festival, awaits us in Poble Espanyol from 19 to 22 April.

Along this emblematic enclosure where each town of Spain is represented we can make a pleasant walk surrounded by the best aromas and colors as well as a huge floral carpet and several exhibitions of exotic plants and flowers.

There will also be live concerts and workshops to learn how to cultivate an urban garden or take care of bonsai.

The best processions around Barcelona

Although the current Barcelona does not arouse a great interest in terms of processions, around the city you will find a very interesting range of historical processions that will leave you with your mouth wide open, among them we find the oldest of the entire European continent.

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The Passion of Esparreguera

The Passió d’Esparreguera is celebrated 10 times a year but the most important of them is the one that is celebrated during the days of Holy Week. With 35 scenes this show offers fun throughout the day.

La Passió d’Esparreguera. Flickr

The Christus of Olot

Poetry and plastic arts in one of the most original passions through images, as if we were rocked inside a museum accompanied by the voice of narrators reciting poetic texts.

The Dance of the Death of Verges

The streets of Verges, in the Baix Empordà, are filled with skeletons symbolising death. The solemn Dance of Death has lasted in time and dancing to the rhythm of the drums will leave more than one frozen.

The Olesa Passion of Montserrat

Opposite the mountains of Montserrat, this old celebration is reborn every year. Each year it seems to move further away from religious tradition and closer to the theatrical spectacle.

Cervera’s Passion

Cervera’s Passion has its roots in the 15th century and is the oldest in Europe. All a reference in the passions of Easter. In addition to being the oldest it offers an excellent modern version of the representations that were made in the Middle Ages.

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