Try Easter in Barcelona 2012
This year, Easter in Barcelona goes from the 1st until the 9th of April
Easter in Barcelona starts with Fira de Rams (Palm Sunday) on the 1st of April where the Semana Santa (Easter week) also begins. On the 6th of April is Viernes Santo (Good Friday) which is a public holiday. Easter ends with Dilluns de Pascua Florida (Easter Monday) which is also a public holiday.
Easter is a big tradition in Spain as the majority of people are Catholic. However, it is not celebrated as much in Barcelona as it is in the rest of Spain, but there will be some Easter parades and things to experience and see.
During Palm Sunday, it is a tradition that the aged and yellow leaves of the palm trees are cut and then woven by the grandmother of the family into crosses, but nowadays they are just bought at the markets of Fires de Rams. There are lots of different woven shapes to buy and the sight is amazing.
In Barcelona, it is a tradition to leave the city to go to the nearby smaller cities to celebrate Easter with the family (usually the weekend of the start of Easter week). An estimated 650.000 cars leave Barcelona and this mass exodus is called Operacion Salida (Operation exit).
For Easter, Catalan people eat something Called Mona. It is a cake made in all kinds of different shapes and sizes.
The main ingredient is eggs, due to the fact that originally, the catholic people can not eat meat and eggs for 40 days before Easter so the grandparents saved the eggs and made the cake with as many eggs as the number of their grandchildren. All of the Barcelona bakeries makes them during Easter week, but for a unique experience and exhibition you can visit the one famous bakeriy Escribà patisserie to try this lovely cake.
Also they eat Torrijas, which is bread from the day before soaked in egg, milk and sugar with honey or syrup.
Easter in Barcelona is the quintessence of delicious food, happy atmosphere, children’s laughter and history. It is most definitely one of the best times to visit Barcelona.
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