Holy Week is one of the most important religious festivals on the Balearic Island of Mallorca, and is lived with much passion. Of course, coming when you come to Mallorca will be a success, but living Easter in Mallorca is especially magical, and is a great way to get to know the most authentic side of its culture, history and tradition. In today’s post, we tell you all about Easter in Mallorca and the programming of events in areas such as Santa Ponsa (one of the most popular for this occasion). Let’s go: live Easter in Mallorca!
What is Easter like in Mallorca?
During Majorca’s Holy Week, which celebrates the resurrection of Christ, there are several events, processions, steps and “pancaritats” from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. During this time, representations of “Desvallaments” of Christ take place.
Each town and city of Mallorca prepares for the occasion and sets up its own programme of events, although there are some places that are particularly popular, such as the processions in Palma, the capital, Alcúdia, Pollença, Felanitx, or Santa Ponsa.
It is true that Holy Week is a religious festivity, but it is also true that, whether you are a believer or not, it is an ideal time to visit Mallorca (it is usually good weather) and get to know it in all its facets. In addition, all the events and processions are spectacular, and undoubtedly deserve a visit at least once in a lifetime.
Easter Gastronomy in Mallorca
Gastronomy is one of the great pleasures of the island, and at Easter, things are even better. Among the most traditional dishes and recipes of this period, we first find the popular “panades”. These empanadas are a classic of Mallorca, have a circular shape and are made with a sweet or salty dough.
The most typical panades are those filled with pork or lamb (the latter being the most common at Easter), a little sobrassada, and peas; you can easily identify them by the only pea that normally crowns them. On the other hand, you can also find other variants: no peas, fish or chicken, for example. During these dates, tradition floods the houses of the Mallorcans, and families usually get together during these days to make and eat empanadas together.
Another typical pastry recipe during Majorcan Holy Week are the famous robiols, pieces of sweet pastry in the shape of a crescent and filled with jam, cabello de ángel (pumpkin) or cottage cheese. Cabello de ángel is usually the most popular at this time of year.
On the other hand, we also have the crespells, delicious biscuits or sweet pastas that are made in a variety of shapes, such as hearts, stars or a kind of flower.
If you are looking for something typical to eat during that time of year (and any other), you can’t miss the “Frit Mallorquí”. This dish is one of the oldest on the island and is absolutely delicious. It is a recipe that combines the meat and liver of lamb or pork (sometimes also blood) with red peppers, potatoes, onion, olive oil, tomato, and a series of spices among which the fennel and bay leaf stand out. All this is commonly fried in a typical Mallorcan clay pot and is super delicious. There are also other variants, such as frito de matanzas (without liver or blood) or seafood.
In general, during this period, the Mallorcan frito is eaten on Easter day, thus putting an end to abstinence.
Take note that although all these traditional dishes and sweets are the most typical during Holy Week, you can find them all year round in any typical Mallorcan bakery, pastry shop or restaurant. They are more popular during that time, but who can resist them the rest of the year? Impossible! Come when you come, take a spot to try these delicacies (and many others we’ll tell you about on another day).
Holy Week in Santa Ponsa
The area of Santa Ponsa is already popular in itself, being one of the favourite destinations of many tourists in Mallorca, but at Easter, the city takes on an even more special charm. That is why it has also become one of the most popular areas to enjoy this time of year, when the sea has been pleasant for some time now, and enjoying the steps of Holy Week by the sea is something that everyone loves.
This year, Holy Week celebrations will take place from 14 April 2019 to 21 April. The program of the Parish of Our Lady of Hope is as follows:
- Sunday 14 April – Palm Sunday
Blessing of bouquets at 12:00 hrs
- Thursday 18 April – Maundy Thursday
Celebration of the Lord’s Last Supper at 18:00 hrs
Holy Hour from 21:00 to 22:00 hrs
- Friday 19 April – Good Friday
Way of the Cross at 12:00 hrs
Celebration of the Passion at 18:00 hrs
- Saturday 20 April – Holy Saturday
Easter Vigil at 22:00 hrs
- Sunday 21 April – Easter Sunday
Holy Mass at 10:00 hrs
Solemn Mass at 12:00 hrs
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