One of the first things we do with the arrival of a new year is to look at the calendar to check the holidays for the next 365 days. And one of those looks is directed towards Easter holidays, as the longest and closest rest period we have in the first six months. However, as we all know, these days are not fixed, but rather depend on the lunar calendar and this 2020 brings us until April 9: Holy Thursday.
In this new year that we have just released, we will still have to wait a few months before we can enjoy Holy Week. Thus, in this case, Palm Sunday, which marks the starting gun, is celebrated on April 5 and the big days are distributed between the 9th, as we have pointed out before, and the 13th, Easter Monday. However, in the latter case it is workable for the neighbors of Andalusia, Aragon, Asturias, the Canary Islands, Castilla y León, Extremadura, Galicia, Madrid, Murcia, Ceuta and Melilla.
The so-called Passion Week varies from year to year, although it always begins on the Sunday closest to thethe first full moon of the spring equinox. No matter the days on which it is celebrated, these dates always oscillate between March 22 and April 25.
The origin of this important appointment, which especially falls at the beginning of the fourth month of the year, is due to the fact that Christ’s death took place near the Jewish passover, when Jesus met with his disciples to celebrate that celebration with which the Jews proclaimed the end of slavery. And precisely, according to Judaism, the Hebrews must renew that day every year coinciding with the first new moon of spring.
It is then that this religious festival takes place, which recalls the last hours of the life of Jesus of Nazareth, before his trial and subsequent crucifixion and resurrection. But before this moment comes Lent, a 40-day period of preparation that begins with the commemoration of Ash Wednesday, when it evokes the time that Jesus spent alone in the Judean desert.
Where to enjoy this holiday in our country?
Once we know on what days Easter falls in 2020, it is not a bad idea to make a hole in the calendar to visit some of the most deeply rooted traditions that take place during those dates in our country. We discover some of them:
We could not start this tour without mentioning what is the Holy Week best known in our country. And it is that the experience of witnessing the solemnity and devotion with which Sevillians live these days is an appointment that we should not miss. If you have the opportunity, contemplate what they say is one of the most beautiful processions, that of the Great Power, which is celebrated at dawn on Good Friday and that this year falls on April 10. An overwhelming scene that is repeated every year: the Plaza de San Lorenzo filled with people in complete silence while the image comes out of the basilica only accompanied by the singing of arrows.
Holy Week itself begins on Palm Sunday, this year is April 5, and one of the most unique and outstanding celebrations of that day is the one that takes place in this Alicante town. Declared International party of touristic interest since 1997, in this procession there are thousands of white palms, typical of the garden of the area, which are carried by the faithful or that adorn the balconies of this municipality during that holiday.
In the Girona town of Verges, the one known as Dance of Death by Verges. A macabre quote that It has been preserved since the Middle Ages remembering the epidemics of the Black Death. Thus, this town of barely a thousand inhabitants attends a curious dance that is celebrated in the procession of Holy Thursday and in which a dozen skeletons dance to the sound of a kettledrum to remember that no one will escape death. In relation to Holy Week, this event also praises the triumph of Christianity over that end of days.
On the night of Holy Thursday, the streets of the town of Hellín are filled with black robes and red scarves to celebrate their curious Tamborada, which attracts thousands of visitors every year. A procession worth seeing and hearing thanks to the more than 20,000 drums that take center stage throughout the night.