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.