Easter Sunday is known as Pasqua de Resurrecció, Pasqua Florida, Primera Pasqua or simply Pasqua and commemorates the day when Jesus Christ resurrected from the dead three days after the crucifiction.
Easter Sunday culminates Easter Week and is known as First or Primera Pasqua because it starts another 50-day period, which culminates on Pentecost also known as Second or Segona Pasqua.
From a religious point of view, it is the most important day in the Christian calendar because of the symbolic importance of Christ's resurrection from the dead.
Traditionally, in the Catalan countries, the festivities that begin on Easter Sunday continued for three days over Monday and Tuesday, which were also holidays.
On the morning of Easter Sunday, there are processions of L'Encontre or Sant Trobament, which as it means Holy Encounter, consist of two separate processions one with an effigy of Jesus and another with an effigy of Mary, which meet up.
Another tradition, is to sing and dance the Cant de les Caramelles, a popular religious song celebrating the resurrection, which can turn bawdy depending on who is singing it.
At Easter Sunday lunch, the godfather or godmother to family's children brings a Mona, which is somewhere between a cake and an Easter egg and is on show for the rest of the until it is eaten the following day.
On Easter Sunday, and most Sundays in fact, it is typical hold meetings known as aplecs, where people listen and dance to traditional Catalan sardana music.
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