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Easter in the Basque Country

Easter in the Basque Country

Holy Week is the Christian holidays from Palm Sunday to Resurrection Sunday, although these days also include the previous Friday (Holy Friday).

Bizkaia  These days, Bizkaia focuses on Balmaseda and Bilbao, since the celebrations are very spectacular in both cities.

Every year masses of visitors meet up in Balmaseda's Way of Sorrows. For months, Balmaseda inhabitants have been rehearsing to show realism during the acts that are accompanied by processions and chants. Over 500 inhabitants perform different scenes from the life of Jesus on Maundy Thursday and Holy Friday. On Maundy Thursday, those who attend will enjoy "The Last Supper", "Prayer in Gethsemane" and "the Seizure of Jesus". As for Holy Friday, at 9am Roman guards play the drums announcing they are ready for the trial of Jesus before Pilato, the Hanging of Judas and a procession down the streets up to the spot where the scene of the Crucifixion will take place.

In Bizkaia's capital, Bilbao, over 3,000 members of religious brotherhoods take part in every single procession from Holy Friday to Holy Saturday. They accompany "Pasos", which are statues of great artistic value. The Penitents' Procession is outstanding. It marches through the neighbourhood of San Francisco, where Flamenco verses (Saetas) are sung and the Silent Procession takes place early morning through the Old Town of Bilbao also known as Siete Calles.

Date: 03/24/2013 - 03/31/2013
Localización de Easter in the Basque Country

Easter in the Basque Country

Balmaseda, Bizkaia

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