miércoles, 20 de abril de 2011

Semana Santa en Baleares

With the arrival of Easter the Balearic Islands become shrouded in mysticism. Each town on the islands of Majorca, Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera keeps the popular tradition which commemorates the crucifixion and later resurrection of Christ alive with the important religious brotherhood competitions.

The steps taken to act out the resurrection and crucifixion of Christ are carefully prepared for the processions held on Easter Thursday and Friday. The reason for this religious zeal is not native to the islands but is also celebrated all over the mainland where there are areas that the celebrations are extremely important, above all on the peninsula. The traditions are, nevertheless still alive on the islands although the omnipresence of the sea and tourism as the main reference may give them a more colourful rather than zealous air.

On the Balearic Islands, Easter is not only a religious celebration to commemorate the death and resurrection of Jesus but, over the centuries, it has become a very well attended popular festivity, where silence and respect reign and acting out this religious scene brightens up the streets in the different towns and villages.

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