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How to enjoy Holy Week in Barcelona

Cultura Culture 31/03/2023
Barcelona is, without a doubt, one of the most appreciated destinations to spend Holy Week. Traditions, life in the streets, many activities interweave an offer of activities for all audiences. In the Western cultural context, Easter represents both an important religious holiday and the celebration of the arrival of spring.

During Holy Week, in Barcelona, as in many other cities, events, processions and celebrations take place within the framework of reflection, fraternity and spirituality.

What are the essentials to enjoy these days? We offer you a few ideas, which will surely be of interest to you.


Tradition dictates that godmothers should give their godchildren the palm (for girls) or palmón (for boys). On Palm Sunday the palms and olive branches will be blessed. For this reason, the days prior to this celebration, several Palm Fairs are held in different parts of the city where you can buy them. They offer a wide variety of sizes, decorations and shapes. The main Bouquet Fairs are those of:

- Rambla de Catalunya, between the streets of Aragó and Diputació
- Sagrada Familia Square
- In front of La Seu Cathedral


They are one of the most important traditions in Barcelona.

In the city there are several brotherhoods and brotherhoods that organize these processions. They parade with the different "Pasos" making different routes through the streets of the center and the neighborhoods of Barcelona.

It begins with the procession on Palm Sunday, the Procession of the Borriquita on the Sunday before Holy Week and the most striking, in addition to this, are those on Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday.

April 2, Palm Sunday

The beginning of Holy Week. During this day the Procession of the Burreta is celebrated in the Ciutat Vella of Barcelona.

Although in most municipalities Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, in some municipalities in Catalonia it begins on Friday of Sorrows, which corresponds to the Friday before Palm Sunday, the celebration is dedicated to the Virgen de los Dolores.

April 6, Holy Thursday

The celebration continues with Holy Thursday, which commemorates the last supper of Jesus Christ, before being crucified. Some important events that take place in Catalonia on this day are the Dance of Death in Verges, the Procession of the Mysteries in Badalona or the Night of Silence in Mataró.