Valencia Maritime Easter Week

| March 4, 2012

The maritime quarters of the city of Valencia celebrate this religious festivity with a longstanding tradition, which has three crowning moments: the Blessing of the Palms, the Procession of the Holy Burial, and the Resurection Pararde. Dates from Apr 1, 2012 to Apr 8, 2012.

Valencia Maritime Easter Week

Valencia Maritime Easter Week

The origin of these celebrations goes back to the 15th century, with the formation a religious group called the Concordia dels Disciplinats, San Vicente Ferrer as a leading member, and Valencia’s special relationship with the sea make it a unique adaptation of the typical Easter Week rituals.

In the maritime quarters, Easter week is full of processions and events organised by the Cofradías (religious brotherhoods), and the Coorporaciones Armadas, subdivided into: Pretorianos, Longinos, Sayones and Granaderos.

The Cofradías processions are joined by all and sundry: some dressed as Pontius Pilate, Herod, the Apostles, Our Lady of the Forsaken and other Saints. All this is accompanied by the ringing of bells and the sounds of traditional music.

The Holy Burial takes place on Good Friday, and is an act steeped in silence and solemn contemplation. At midnight on el sábado de Gloria (Glorious Saturday) when the church bells ring out in celebration of the resurrection, the residents of the neighbourhood throw pots of mud from their windows and balconies; a curious old tradition known as the Trenca de perols. On Sunday and Easter Monday, the custom is for families to go down to the old riverbed to enjoy typical produce such as the delicacies known as monas (typical Easter pies with hard-boiled eggs). Easter Sunday is also the day of the traditional ceremony of the Meeting of Christ with his Mother, a moment marked by the release of doves and showers of flower petals.

Over 30 religious brotherhoods and associations, in addition to the municipal authorities, take part in this event. The floats featured in the processions include particularly the one bearing the carved image of La Veronica, by Mariano Benlliure. In addition to the static images belonging to each of the religious associations or cofradías, there are other living re-enactments, such as the one where the local inhabitants dressed in as biblical figures join the procession accompanied by the chiming of bells and music.

More information: www.semanasantamarinera.org

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