Spain is a Catholic country, so Holy Week is a time of celebration in Barcelona.
Holy Week celebrates the end of Lent and commemorates the death and resurrection of Jesus. It begins on Palm Sunday, which is the most important day of the week.
WHAT TO DO DURING HOLY WEEK IN BARCELONA?
Attend the religious processions:
– La Borriquita: Palm Sunday (April 10, 2022) from 11:00 to 11:30, starting and finishing at the Parish of Sant Agustí, Plaza de Sant Agustí, 2.
– The Procession of the Good Death: Palm Sunday (10 April 2022) from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, departure and arrival will be at the Major Parish of Santa Anna, calle Santa Anna, 29.
– The Way of the Cross of the Blood: On Holy Thursday (14 April 2022), the start and finish will be at the Basilica of Santa Maria del Pi, Plaza del Pi, 7.
– Procession of the Virgen de las Angustias: Good Friday (15 April 2022) from 7pm to 11pm, starting and finishing at the Parish Church of Sant Jaume, Carrer Ferran, 28.
Attend the Castellers demonstrations:
The Castellers troops are groups that perform acrobatic figures, there will be two demonstrations on Palm Sunday (10 April 2022):
– First will take place at 11:30 am in the gardens of the Rambla de Sants with the Castellers de Sants.
– The next one will be at 12:00 in Plaça de la Revolució with the Castellers of Vila de Gràcia, Sant Cugat and Berga.
Eating a Mona de Pascua:
Originally, the Mona de Pascua is a crown-shaped bun. In Catalonia, it is a typical dessert and, according to tradition, it is the godparents who must offer one to their godchild.
Discover the palm markets:
The palm markets or “Fires de Rams” are located on the Rambla de Catalunya, in front of Barcelona Cathedral and also in the Sagrada Familia park on the side of the Passion façade. They are usually present from the Wednesday before Palm Sunday and are blessed during the blessing mass that marks the beginning of Holy Week.
Although Holy Week is a quieter time in Barcelona than in other Spanish cities, Barcelona’s tourist sector still estimates that it accounts for 70% of hotel occupancy. However, during this period the opening hours of shops and museums may be modified.
Summary of Holy Week (10 to 18 April 2022) :
Palm Sunday: 10 April
Holy Monday: 11 April
Holy Tuesday: 12 April
Holy Wednesday: 13 April
Holy Thursday: 14 April
Holy Friday : 15 April
Holy Saturday : 16 April
Easter Sunday : 17 April
Easter Monday : 18 April