Easter in Majorca is special
Easter is full of traditions, and in Majorca nearly all of them are maintained. Keep reading and get to know every single one!
Easter is special. It´s a celebration that brings together a religious character,with a popular and familiar one. It’s the perfect moment to enjoy the numerous and exciting processions that run through our streets but to also sit at the table and eat some “panades” or “robiols.” There is much to see, and without a doubt, worth seeing.
It begins on Palm Sunday, celebrating the entrance of Jesus in Jerusalem. In many, if not all, the parishes of the island olive branches or palms are blessed and later placed in the Majorcan portals and balconies. The procession of the “Estandartes” (banners of the different confraternities) and the proclamation of the Holy Week in the Basilica of Sant Francesc give the starting signal to the processions that from Friday night, are held throughout the whole week.
All the processions are exciting and have their particular charm but especially the ones of the “Crist de la Sang” (Holy Christ of the Blood) that are celebrated on Holy Thursday and in which the confraternities make their path of penance until after midnight, and the “Santo Enterramiento” (Holy Burial) which takes place on Good Friday and leaves the church of San Francisco.
In Pollença the “Davallament” (descent of the cross) of Good Friday is considered one of the most spectacular processions of the island. The procession lowers the body of Jesus from the mound of Calvary, down a staircase of 365 steps decorated by cypresses. Don’t miss the “Davallament” of Artá or Sineu, which as in Pollença, will leave you speechless.
On Easter Sunday, the day which brings to an end the Holy Week, the procession of the Encounter is celebrated, and represents the reunion of the risen Jesus with his mother. The one that reaches the Seo (Cathedral of Palma) is the most characteristic and you definitely can’t miss it!
Besides the religious character, this celebration also has a gastronomic side that we love. Everyone gets together with family or with friends to prepare the “panades” (individual cakes stuffed with meat, peas, a little bit of sobrasada and bacon), “robiols” (sweet pastry dumplings stuffed with jam, cottage cheese or quince), and “crespells” (small figures made from the same sweet paste as the robiols, the most typical are round, star or flower shaped.) These recipes are present throughout the whole Easter week, both in the houses as in bakeries and ovens. Do not hesitate to try them, and best to make them, you will be surprised!
Both the processions and filling the stomach are two things of Easter that you can’t miss. Enjoy the holidays and bon profit !!