Also known as Easter or Holy week, it is a time of celebration of the Passion of Christ, and if you are in Spain for the celebrations you will be moved by the many 15th century traditions that are still maintained today. It is an opportune time to come to the city of Barcelona as spring has sprung, the trees are in blossom and there are many outdoor processions and celebrations taking place. Holy week begins on Palm Sunday, when a procession traditionally takes place around the cathedral with people holding palms. A week of religious ceremonies follows, ending on Easter Sunday.
“Semana Santa” is celebrated in Barcelona’s city centre, Spain. The nearest airport is Barcelona Airport – El Prat and is approximately 13 kms to the city centre. From the airport you can take the RENFE train, Aerobus express service or a taxi to Barcelona’s city centre. Once in the city centre there is the metro and bus service to get out and about during the festivities.
Mardi Gras in Barcelona is also known as 'Carnestoltes' and is the period before Lent and seen as the last opportunity to eat, drink and be merry prior. Barcelona as part of Catalunya, is traditionally less religious than other parts of Spain, particularly in the South, yet it still has its fair share of celebrations during this period. Although these festivities are based on liturgical rituals, they are also occasions for family gatherings with big meals and typical presents, such as palms and Easter cakes, “mones” in Catalan.
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The gallery Centre d’Art Santa Monica houses an amazing space that is known for hosting various contemporary art exhibitions featuring artists that come from all over the world, or why not take in a show at Tablao Flamenco Cordobes known internationally and acknowledged by the experts for its devotion to tradition to flamenco, whilst dining Spanish style!
To find out more information on Semana Santa go to Wikipedia. Here you can explore the history, tradition and culture about one of Spain’s most popular and important fiestas.
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