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Easter in Catalonia: the Dance of the Death

The Procession of Verges is a representation of the life and crucifixion of Jesus Christ and one of the highlights of this holiday


30 March 2018 11:25 AM


ACN | Barcelona

Easter is already underway, and there are many interesting things to do in Catalonia these days – whether you're religious or not. One of the most famous traditions is the Dance of the Death, held on Maundy Thursday in the northern town of Verges, near the Costa Brava.

The Procession of Verges is not your typical one. It features skeletons that dance to the sound of a drum, Roman soldiers, known as the 'Manages', and a representation of the life and crucifixion of Jesus Christ. All in the backdrop of the town walls and the fortified medieval towers of Verges. A must see.

On Good Friday, many Catalan towns hold religious processions. The processions usually feature images of the Virgin Mary and the crucified Christ, carried aloft by foot by penitents.

But if you're not a religious person, you can still enjoy yourself in Catalonia these days. Shops are normally closed, but restaurants and museums are open, and the weather is expected to be very nice, so it's a great opportunity to walk around!




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  • The Dance of the Death in Verges (by ACN)