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EASTER (Semana Santa) in Benidorm

Easter (Semana Santa) in Benidorm, Easter is a highly religious festival and is recognised and commemorated in every city, town and village throughout Spain, and is as important as Christmas.

General information about Semana Santa

Easter is a very important time for Spanish families, so many take time off work and travel back to their home towns to spend time with their loved ones. 

The processions begin on Palm Sunday the week before Easter, followed by those on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. While things start off solemn, once Christ is Resurrected, the tense atmosphere changes and on Easter Sunday the solemn processions are replaced by more colourful, cheerful parades with floats being decorated with floral bouquets, and lots of music supplied by brass bands. This is the time to eat, drink and dance in the streets.

The varias cofradias and hermandads, (brotherhoods) will have been preparing and practicing for months for their displays of piety and devotion to God in Semana Santa, Holy Week.

The religious statues from the churches are brought out on floats and carried aloft by teams of 'penitentes' as they are paraded around the local streets to the sound of solemn marching music – the participants copy the gait of the shackled Christ.

Easter, Semana Santa in Benidorm, parades

During the processions you will see people wearing (penitents) pointed hoods, which to us look like a variation of the Klu Klux Klan, these outfits date well before the days of the KKK decided to wear them and date back to 1521.  These outfits are worn as a penance for their sins, some will be walking barefoot and even chained.  There are generally 2 floats one with the statue of the virgin Mary and the other with Jesus on the cross.  It is seen as a real honour to be asked to help carry these very heavy and large floats.  

The brotherhoods walk in silence and are joined by mourners – women dressed in black, with veiled faces, the mourners symbolise the mourning of the death of Christ and they carry lit candles, this creates a lot of melted wax on the streets and quite often you will see the local children compete to see who can craft the biggest balls of wax.

Every so often the processions come to a standstill so that the people carrying the floats can rest or change over, and when they do, you will see children bending down underneath the candles to collect the hot dripping wax and add it to their ball.

THE PARADES

Please note this is just a guide as there have been no parades for the last 2 years due to COVID restrictions

SUNDAY OF RAMOS  – PALM SUNDAY
11:00 : PROCESSION OF THE PALMS
(Parish of San Jaime and Santa Ana and Parish Ntra. Sra. De la Almudena)
11:30 : PROCESSION OF THE PALMS
(Parish of Ntra. Sra. Del Carmen and Parish of San Francisco de Asís)
11:45 : PROCESSION OF THE PALMS
(Parish of Our Lady of the Sea)
12’00 : PROCESSION OF THE PALMS
(Good Shepherd Parish and San Juan Bautista Parish)
20’00 : PROCESSION OF THE REAL BROTHERHOOD NTRA. MRS. OF THE
HOPE AND PEACE, AND NARROW. FATHER JESUS ​​OF HEALTH AND HUMILITY
(Parish the Good Shepherd)

WEDNESDAY
22’00 : PROCESSION OF COFRADÍA NTRO. FATHER JESUS NAZARENE
(Parish of San Jaime and Santa Ana)

HOLY THURSDAY
21’00 : PROCESSION OF THE SACRAMENTAL BROTHERHOOD OF LA SANTA
DINNER AND THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE CHRIST OF FORGIVENESS AND GOOD DEATH
(Parish Ntra. Sra. De la Almudena)
21’00 : PROCESSION OF BROTHERHOOD THE PRAYER OF JESUS ​​IN THE GETSEMANI GARDEN
(Parish of San Juna Bautista)

GOOD FRIDAY (Holiday in Spain)
20’30 : GENERAL PROCESSION OF THE HOLY BURIAL
(Parish of San Jaime and Santa Ana)

RESURRECTION SUNDAY – EASTER SUNDAY
08’00 : PROCESSING OF THE MEETING AND THE EMBASSY
(Parish of San Jaime and Santa Ana)

THE WEATHER

 

Temperature 15°C 59°F

Low Temperature 10°C 51°F

High Temperature 20°C 68°F

Sunshine Hours 10 hrs

Chance of Sunny Day 50 %

Rainfall 32mm

Rainfall days 8 days

Chance of Rain 20 %

Chance of Cloudy Day 10 %

Sea Temperature 16°C 61°F

Chance of Windy Day 8 %

EASTER FOOD

Chocolate eggs are not associated with Easter in Spain although you will see some available in the supermarkets.

The Spanish celebrate with a round sweet bread called Mona de Pascua, this is sprinkled with sugar and topped with a hard boiled egg. These are eaten on Easter Monday and are a sign of the end of lent, when the whole family will go out for a picnic in the country.

Some families now prefer the more modern method of preparing this cake which involves chocolate and a lot of vibrant colours and cakes this version would be topped with nuts, candied fruits, or chocolate, with chocolate eggs (instead of the hard boiled) with colourful feathers and figurines of baby chicks!

Another favourite to be served during Easter are Torrijas, which are bread, dipped in milk and egg, then fried, before being sprinkled in sugar and drenched in honey or cinnamon, this is very similar to French Toast and is also known as Spanish Bread Pudding.  Find the recipe for this tasty treat HERE

A typical family Easter Sunday dinner will generally consist of garlic soup (sopa de ajo) with a baked egg in the middle and fresh seafood.

Recipe for Mona de Pascua (Traditional)

Ingredients:

1/2 kg - Flour

75 g - Sugar

50 g - Butter

3 - Eggs

10 gr. - Salt

1 - Lemon rind, grated

50 g. - Yeast

Milk

For decoration:

Hard boiled eggs

Oil

Egg, beaten

Easter, Semana Santa in Benidorm,  Mona de Pascua

Preparation:

Knead the flour with the sugar, eggs, salt, yeast, butter and lemon rind.

Add the milk slowly until you have a homogeneous mass that pulls away from your hands.

Let stand for 30 minutes.

Shape it into a mountain, making a depression in the top, spreading it out until it forms a crown.

Brush with oil and firmly press in the boiled eggs in their shells.

Brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with sugar.

Allow to ferment for 20 minutes and bake at 170ºC for 45 minutes.

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