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Typical Easter Traditions in Barcelona

Easter is a very important celebration throughout Spain and is celebrated with fervour in every corner of the country. During these dates, Barcelona ​​being a great city that it is, experiences a large exodus of people who take advantage of the holidays to leave in search of short vacations. However, the city does not stop to celebrate these festivities as it respects the ancient easter traditions.

One of the most significant easter days in Barcelona is Palm Sunday, when the typical procession known as La Burreta is celebrated in Ciutat Vella, which commemorates Jesus Christ's entry into Jerusalem.

For this special occasion, the typical olive branches are handed out, while the children take their palm trees for blessing in the churches. Likewise, these palm trees and olive branches that can be bought from the numerous street stalls installed in the centre of the city, are hung at the front doors of houses, following a transcendental tradition that ensures protection against witches and evil spirits.

Barcelona - Semana santa tradiciones

This very special day opens a week of processions that run through Gótico district and Ramblas before culminating on Good Friday with the famous steps parade such as the Brotherhood of Our Lord Jesus who has Great Power and Virgin Mary The Most Holy of Hope Macarena and Our Lady of Sorrows.

With regards to gastronomy, following the Christian tradition of avoiding meat, Barcelona turns to the preparation of tasty cod dishes prepared in a unique way, with chickpeas, potatoes or salted fish. Although the best known and celebrated dish is the esqueixada de bacallà, which combines raw fish with tomato, onion, olives, peppers and a delicious dressing consisting of vinegar, olive oil and salt.

In addition to the food preparation, bakeries and pastry shops throughout the city compete with one another to make the most delicious desserts in honour of these special celebrations. There will be dishes such as the classic torrijas,(French toast) Lent fritters, fried sugar coated balls, and pestiños, pastries made with sugar and honey. Although the biggest star among all the pastries and cakes in Barcelona is undoubtedly the Mona de Pascua, a traditional cake decorated with chocolate eggs and well-known figures who, according to tradition, must be given by godfathers to their godchildren, nowadays, you are more likely to see everyone buying this type of cake and enjoying its taste with all their family members.

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