Easter 2014 in Madrid
Easter 2014, from 13th to 20th April, is a great opportunity to take a trip to Spain, in one of the more spanish peculiar moments of the year. From Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, thousands of people flock to all the cities of the country to watch the processions.
In Madrid you can enjoy the atmosphere created by the trumpets, rolling drums and the hundreds of religious worshippers’ bright and colourful attire. Madrid gives the commemoration of the Passion and death of Jesus Christ much importance. During this week, not only is Christ’s devotion exalted, but the city also stages other cultural events. Churches and basilicas schedule religious music concerts, while numerous brotherhoods take part in processions they have been preparing for all year long. Last but not least, the city’s best restaurants and patisseries serve and sell typical Easter foods and goodies.
During Holy Week, the delicate effigies that are kept in the various basilicas and churches throughout the rest of the year are adorned with numerous candles, flowers and elaborate embroidered cloaks. They are then brought out and carried in processions through landmark areas of the city such as Paseo del Prado, Calle de Alcalá and Plaza Mayor.
A special mention must go to the Procesión del Silencio, thanks to the unique atmosphere felt in the early hours of Good Friday, when a large procession of religious worshippers dressed in tunics and pointed hoods stand in line and solemnly walk the streets of Madrid. The only noise piercing the night’s silence is the footsteps of the Nazarenes.
Like other religious celebrations, Holy Week in Madrid is in part about gastronomy and the preparation of typical dishes which have both a profound link to to the fulfilment of religious duties and a deep connection with tradition. Amongst the period’s most popular dishes are torrijas – a sweet made from bread that is washed in milk and cinnamon, and then fried and sprinkled with sugar. Crunchy, battered little pieces of cod named Soldaditos de Pavía, Madrid-style chickpea stew known as potaje de garbanzos a la madrileña, and cod croquettes or croquetas de bacalao are also highly popular during this time of year.
Bringing Holy Week to a close and in celebration of Easter Sunday, a drum band from Aragón arrives at Madrid’s Plaza Mayor. From this emblematic square, a large number of religious worshippers make music, to the sound of drums of various kinds, to mark the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, three days after his death.
If you are thinking of an easter holiday in the sunny Spain, you can not miss a step in its capital, Madrid, the heart of the Iberian lifestyle. Rent Top Apartments offers numerous exclusive apartments in the city centre for a holiday to remember.