The performance is regarded as the cultural zenith of the Semana Santa, Holy week of Easter, and thanks to the sensitive writing and the actors capable performances a particular and peculiar relationship hangs in the air between the performers and the public observers. The drama in front of the impressive Cathedral takes place on Good Friday at about 12 pm.
During Semana Santa, the Holy Week, enormous images of Christ on the Cross, Madonna’s and Saints are carried through the city accompanied by figures in long pointed hoods. Like this the various brotherhoods of Palma create a medieval atmosphere in the procession “Crist de la Sang” (The blood of Christ) – Goosebumps included! This procession, documented in 1554 is one of the most important of Semana Santa.
The oldest brotherhood of Palma also dates from this time. There are 30 brotherhoods in Palma alone, 50 in all of Mallorca and most of them were established in the twentieth century particularly in the forties or fifties and a few in the nineties. The brotherhoods each have their own habit and hood colours, different banners and unique statues of Saints or of Christ on the cross. The Ceremony of the Silent Penitents (previously an all male affair, nowadays also has women members of the brotherhoods, there being one brotherhood that is only women) begins in the evening at the Plaza de l’Hospital and travels through the centre of the city along and crossing the streets of Olmos, Sant Miguel, Colom, Plaza de Cort, Paseo Borne, Jaime III, Calle Bonaire until reaching the Church, Iglesia de La Sang.
Each brotherhood is accompanied by a musical group whose drums beat the rhythm of the march. The figure, “Crist de la Sang” is the most important Crucified Christ statue in Palma. Only after the penitents have received their blessings can the celebrations of Easter begin. The Villages of Mallorca also have their processions and masses.
The Evening Mass on Easter Sunday is especially worth seeing as it is the most important Mass in the whole year and there is the presence of a great number of Mallorcas priests. The ceremony is led by the Bishop of Mallorca, with the highlight being the renewal of the sacramental oils. The oils which come from Bunyola are blessed along with bread, water and wine. On this day The Cathedral of La Seu is not only wonderful from the outside but also inside where the resplendent atmosphere of devotion is unique.
Earlier the Majorcan children received on the 6th January their Christmas presents. Today they write their long lists of Christmas wishes to the Kings as well as to the Santa Claus – there is nothing like being on the safe side.
It brings a lot of colour to the Island, to start with the Christmas Market tradition (untill now it has been rather moderate) – now you can really recommend them in “Top Visits”!
Calender 2017 Christmas Markets in Mallorca:
Christmas Markets in Palma
24.11.2017 – 6.1.2018
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday 10 am – 9 pm
Location: Plaza Mayor, las Ramblas/Vía Roma and Plaza de España/Plaza de la Porta Pintada.
Christmas Bazar in the Scandinavian Church
Opening hours: from 11 am
Location: Avenida Joan Miro in Cala Mayor
Christmas Market in Alaró
Christmas Fair in Santa Ponsa
Opening hours: 11 am – 9 pm, Saturday-Sunday 10amp – 10 pm.
Christmas Market in Misericórdia
Location: Plaça de l’Hospital, 4 · 07012 – Palma
Christmas Market en Puerto Portals
15.12.2017 – 7.1.2018
Opening hours: 12 am – 9 pm week-ends, 4 – 8 pm working days.
Location: Plaza del Puerto
Christmas Fair in Bodega Castell Miquel
Opeing hours: 12 am – 8 pm
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