“Semana Santa”, in English called Holy Week, is celebrated from 9th to 17th of April.
The Easter week begins on Sunday 9th of April, also called as Palm Sunday. In Spanish is called “Domingo de Ramos”. The first Easter parade in Barcelona, known as “El Paso de la Borriquita”, takes place on Palm Sunday.
On Palm Sunday the shops are closed as usually on Sundays. However, the Maremagnum shopping mall is open every day, including Sundays and holidays. There will also be special Palm Sunday markets in Barcelona. Check out areas around La Sagrada Familia and Barcelona La Seu Cathedral, and in Sants neighborhood the square Placa Bonet i Muixi.
Friday 14th April is Good Friday, in Spanish called “Viernes Santo”, and it’s a public holiday so most of the shops except Maremagnum shopping mall will be closed.
On Good Friday there will be two different Easter Parades – one in El Raval neighborhood and the other in Barrió Gótico area.
Saturday 15th of April is a normal day. The shops will be open but beware with long queues with people stocking up for the next two days, which are public holidays.
April 16th is Easter Sunday, “Domingo de Resurrección” in Spanish, and it’s a public holiday so most of the shops except Maremagnum shopping center will be closed. There will be masses and services in all Barcelona’s churches.
Semana Santa ends on Monday 17th April. Easter Monday is called “Lunes de Pascua” in Spanish. This is a public holiday, and most of the shops will be closed.
In Spanish it’s also called as El Día de la Mona de Pascua and this is the day when children gets their Easter eggs and the Monas.
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