Easter is upon us.
Some Madrileños maybe leaving but tens of thousands of people are expected to visit the capital to participate in the many processions that take place on Madrid’s streets from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday.
Easter in Madrid is distinguished by the ambiance created by the resounding drums and trumpets as well as the hundreds of religious worshipers dressed in vibrant and colourful garb.
Jesus Christ’s Passion and Death are remembered in Madrid through a jam-packed calendar of activities.
Churches and basilicas hold concerts of sacred music, and various brotherhoods participate in processions they have been planning all year.
Traditional Easter fare such torrijas (French toast) and potaje de garbanzos are available in the top eateries, coffee shops, and pastry stores in the city (chick pea stew).
Main Easter Processions In Madrid
- La Borriquita (Palm Sunday): It is one of the biggest Easter processions in Madrid. Starting at the Almudena Cathedral, it crosses the city centre to end in the Malasaña quarter.
- Cristo De Los Estudiantes (Palm Sunday): The iconic cross is a creation of Luis Salvador Carmona, one of the most renowned sculptors of the 18th century.
- Jesús El Pobre (Holy Thursday): The statue of Jesus Christ dates back to the 18th century and is guarded by this Order that dates to the Middle Ages.
- Cristo De Medinaceli (Good Friday): The Medinaceli Christ attracts pilgrims every Friday who flock for its miraculous qualities. The statue of the “Black Jesus was brought to Madrid from Mehdya in North Africa in 1682.
- The drum parade in the Plaza Mayor on Easter Sunday is another main highlight and where over 100 drummers parade from the Plaza Conde de Miranda to the Plaza Mayor for this one-hour event that closes the Holy Week.