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Holy Week is the annual religious celebration that commemorates the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. The dates of this celebration vary depending on the calendar of a given year.

This year it is celebrated from Sunday, 09 April (Palm Sunday) to Monday, 17 April (Easter Monday). While these days are celebrated in the rest of the Balearic Islands, there are some peculiar details that distinguish them from other places since, perhaps because of the nature of the island, the processions here are carried out with greater austerity and meditation.

The most noteworthy activities in these celebrations are the processions (religious parades in which associations follow an icon). The most well known procession in Palma is the Procesión del Cristo de la Sangre (Procession of Christ in Blood, on Maundy Thursday) in which 33 associations leave from the Plaza del Hospital in the afternoon in order of seniority (from the newest to the oldest), travelling through a large part of the city until reaching La Seu (the cathedral). The 33 associations or brotherhoods of Catholics are led by the Mounted Municipal Police, the Tamborers de la Sala (drummers) and the penitents, who go on their own.  

During Holy Week, also worth noting is the lowering of the Holy Christ from his altar to Palma, called the Davallament (Good Friday in La Seu) Viernes Santo en La Seu) to a horizontal position in front of the main altar for the besapiés (feet kissing). Also noteworthy are the Davallaments of Felanitx, Pollença, Artà and Sineu.

The week of celebrations ends on Easter Sunday when most towns celebrate the procession of Encontre, which shows us a resurrected Jesus being reunited with his mother.

Dates: 13 and 14 April.

Typical foods during Holy Week: crespells (sweet biscuits), robiols (sweet dessert made of biscuit dough and filled with cottage cheese or jam),  empanadas (pastry dough usually filled with meat and peas), and frito Easter dish (made with a mix of vegetables, potatoes and lamb).


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