In the Canary Islands there are great traditions when celebrating religious holidays.
Easter is a great time to travel to Gran Canaria. On these dates the island welcomes many tourists who come to enjoy a short holiday.
Aside from all the general offers and the many entertaining activities there are on the island, like enjoying the weather, going to the beach or doing any outdoor sport or other activities, joining the religious Easter celebrations will also be a very special way to know more about our island’s traditions.
The origin of the Easter celebrations in the city of Las Palmas began in the district of Vegueta, where the most important brotherhoods were founded. This is why this part of the island has the best atmosphere at this time of the year.
The Outstanding Easter Days and Processions:
Palm Sunday – Domingo de Ramos - : Sunday morning’s celebration is the procession of the Lord riding a donkey (better known as The Procession of the Donkey), which starts at the chapel of San Telmo and runs through different streets of the city. In the afternoon, the Nazarenes Brotherhood’ Procession of Penance takes place from the parish of Santo Domingo de Guzman (in Vegueta) to Las Palmas Cathedral.
Easter in Gran Canaria
Spy Wednesday: The popularly known Procession of the Holy Encounter or "Procesión del Paso" starts at 08:30 p.m. from the parish of Santo Domingo de Guzmán in Vegueta, and the meetings between the different Pasos –floats- happen along the streets of the historic district. The main meeting is between the floats which carry Jesus Christ and the Virgin in Plaza Mayor of Santa Ana, stopping at Las Palmas Cathedral (located right there).
Maundy Thursday: In Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, this day is traditionally known as the day to visit The Seven Monuments of the different parishes of Vegueta and Triana. Before dawn in the chapel of the Espíritu Santo -Holy Spirit- a traditional singing takes place honoring El Santísimo Cristo del Buen Fin - the Holy Christ of the Good End-.
Good Friday: At midnight, and ever since 1941, is the beginning of the Stations of the Cross -Via Crucis- of El Santísimo Cristo del Buen Fin -the Holy Christ of the Good End-. One of the processions is called La Procesión del Arte –the procession of the art- or La Procesión de las Mantillas, which takes place in the Basilica de Canarias; and it is called the Procession of the art because the sculptures they carry are the most important ones in Canary Islands. It is the procession of El Santísimo Cristo de la Sala Capitular and Nuestra Señora de los Dolores -the Blessed Christ of the Chapter House and Our Lady of Sorrows-, here known as La Dolorosa by Luján Pérez (because he was the author of the sculptures).
It also called La Procesión de las Mantillas because all the ladies accompanying the saint are dressed with the canary Mantilla covering their head. Once the images arrive at the Cathedral, the Sermon on the Seven Words is delivered.
After the greatest procession of the city, there are two other processions which take place: La Procession del Retiro and the oldest and most important one: Nuestra Señora de la Soledad de la Portería Coronada -Our Lady of Solitude of the Crowned Lodge – Celebrated in Vegueta ever since 1999.
All these processions and religious activities are the reason why many people from around the island of Gran Canaria come to the capital at this time of the year and it is also what makes many tourists decide to come to discover Las Palmas Gran Canaria at this time too.