Easter Sunday or Pasqua de Resurrecció

Sunday April 1st 2018

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.


Aplecs on Easter Sunday

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.

Barcelona Province

  • Aplec de la Mare de Déu de l’Alegria - Tiana (el Maresme)
  • Aplec de la Salut de Collbató (el Baix Llobregat)
  • Aplec de la Mare de Déu de Collbàs a Carme (l'Anoia)
  • Aplec a Penyafel, Santa Margarida i els Monjos (l'Alt Penedès)
  • Aplec de Bellmunt (Sant Pere de Torelló, Osona)
  • Aplec al santuari dels Munts (el Lluçanès)
  • Aplec de La Quar (Berguedà) 

Around Catalonia

  • Aplec de Pasqua a l'ermita de Sant Sebastià a Palafurguell (el Baix Empordà)
  • Aplec de Santa Eugènia a Agullana (l'Alt Empordà)
  • Aplec de Santa Reparada de Cinclaus, Aj. l'Escala (l'Alt Empordà)
  • Aplec a l'ermita de la Mare de Déu de Vida de Cistella (l'Alt Empordà)
  • Aplec a l'ermita de la Foia de Cabacés (el Priorat)
  • Aplec de Pasqua - La Pobla de Montornès (el Tarragonès)
  • Aplec de Pasqua a l'ermita de la Mare de Déu de l'Abellera (el Baix Camp)
  • Aplec de la Mare de Déu de Barrulles a Capafonts (el Baix Camp)
  • Aplec a l'ermita del Remei de Flix (la Ribera d'Ebre)
  • Aplec de la font del Talló a Bellver (Cerdanya)
  • Aplec a la Font Bordonera d'Organyà (l'Alt Urgell)

Catalan-speaking Countries

  • Aplec de Nostra Senyora de la Vida - Vilafranca de Conflent (el Conflent)

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