Easter in Spain

On Friday, school will finish for Easter week (Semana Santa), the biggest religious celebration in Spain.  Hundreds of towns and villages throughout Spain will hold elaborate processions throughout the week with marching bands, and people carrying huge thrones (tronos) with religious figures on top.  Many of the people in the processions will have their faces covered.  Traditionally, this means that they are penitents, people who want to make up for doing something they shouldn’t have done.  Women often wear a black mantilla, a beautiful veil made of lace and worn with a comb on the back of the head.

Easter week photos

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Woman in black mantilla, Alicante

Woman in black mantilla, Alicante

Penitents carrying trono, Alicante

Penitents carrying trono, Alicante

How is Easter celebrated in your country?
If Easter is not celebrated in your country, tell us about another important festival.


6 thoughts on “Easter in Spain

  1. Mrs. Moore

    Hello Mrs. Ower’s class!

    We recently received a comment from you on our class blog. We are looking forward to making connections with you during the Student Blogging Challenge. We are on spring break right now, but will be returning on Monday. It sounds like your break will just be starting. We have a new blogroll called Global Connections, and of course we are adding you to it! We’d love to hear more about school and life in Spain.

    Thank you for sharing your traditions in Spain during Easter. The pictures are beautiful and much more ornate than our typically dress during the holiday. We often celebrate Easter with colored easter eggs and baskets with candies. The eggs are hidden by the easter bunny, and then we go on an easter egg hunt! Many people also attend a religious service at their church.

    We look forward to connecting with you!
    Mrs. Moore

  2. Baran

    Hello everyone,
    In my country, we call Easter (Aid). We don’t do the same thing as you do. We celebrate it by going to each others houses and eating some food special for this special day. The best thing about Aid is that you get money and some sweets!

    From Baran xxxx
    Bye everyone

  3. Laura

    Hello everyone
    I love Easter because the Easter rabbit comes.
    Sometimes he gives me maps so I can figure them out, so much fun.
    Does the Easter rabbit come to your country?

    From Laura

  4. Kath

    Unsurprisingly, Americans celebrate Easter by buying massive amounts of chocolate and sweets (candy over here). The “Easter Bunny” comes to many houses and hides plastic eggs (filled with this candy) all around the garden. Oddly, the Easter Bunny forgets our house every single year unless there are people who have come to stay.

    Many people at our school participated in Ash Wednesday too – a day of fasting 46 days before Easter. With visible crosses of ash marked on their foreheads at a church service.

    We usually celebrate Easter with friends by eating lamb.

  5. Vanessa

    Hmmm….love Easter! We have spent it in a few countries-France, Australia and Hawaii
    France: Easter is a holiday that is celebrated just as enthusiastically in France as it is in America, although traditions do differ. One of the best French Easter traditions is that of the Cloche Volant, or flying bell. On Holy Thursday, all the church bells in France are silenced. As legend has it, the bells fly to Rome to see the Pope. On Easter morning, it is said that the bells return from Rome just in time to ring out and joyously declare that Jesus has risen again.

    Much like the American Easter Bunny, the main symbol of the Easter season in France is the fish. [The Poisson d’Avril, or April Fish, is another fun tradition, though unrelated. For an April Fool’s Day joke, children play at sticking as many paper fish onto the backs of ignorant adults as possible, and then run away screaming “Poisson d’Avril!”] Chocolate fish start swimming into stores as early as a month prior to Easter, joined by chocolate hens, winged bells, and a beautiful variety of friandises. The first chocolate eggs were made in France and Germany in the nineteenth century.

    Hawaii: Easter in Hawaii is celebrated with sunrise church services, Easter egg hunts and barbeques on the beaches. And alot of chocolate!

    Australia: Easter celebration in Australia includes a large agricultural show in Sydney known as “the Royal Easter Show”, where the nation’s best produce is exhibited along with displays of farm animals. Other highlights include fireworks, hosting of parades, joy rides, delicious food and other fun activities for kids.
    In Australia, instead of the rabbit, Bilby is considered to be one of the major symbols associated with Easter. The bunny rabbit is replaced by the Bilby as the bunny rabbit is reported historically to have destroyed the agricultural crops. The ‘Easter Bilby’ takes away all the limelight in the celebrations. It is made on the lines of an endangered native Australian animal. The Bilby is a small rodent with a long nose and has ears just like a rabbit.
    For games, the hot favorite game is Egg Knocking-you each have a hard boiled egg and try to tap the other person’s to crack it without cracking your own.
    Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day marks the beginning of the Easter traditions in Australia. It is interesting to note that a lot of sharing and selling of pancakes takes place on the Easter day by many Australian volunteer groups and communities. We also have ‘Hot Cross Buns’ as an Easter favourite, only available at that time of year.

    1. Mrs Ower Post author

      I love this wonderful write-up!!! Pancake Day was always a favorite of mine in England. And, Hot Cross Buns too! The bakery at the end of our street in San Francisco makes delicious hot cross buns for Easter – proper ones – so I get to enjoy a bit of English tradition in America too!


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