Easter is celebrated in Gran Canaria from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday: A moment that represents the zeal of believing Christians in the last week before the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The island has celebrated this event since colonial times, around the end of the 15th century. The city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (to be precise, in the chapel of Vegueta de la Vera Cruz) laid down the actions and procedural results of the Castilian settlers who inhabited the capital.
Which holidays are celebrated at Easter?
The processions are events that attract most Christians. They are based on the processions of the different brotherhoods on a route that takes different saints through the most popular streets of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, such as those from the old quarter.
But, what are these events?
Palm Sunday is the beginning of the Holy Week and represents the arrival of Jesus in Jerusalem and the welcome by the Jewish people with branches, flowers and hymns of praise. It is the triumph of the Word of God and the embrace of the Messiah who is received like a king.
Wednesday of Holy Week represents the day of Judah's betrayal and the 24 hours during which Pilate and the Jewish people of Jesus Christ were crucified.
Maundy Thursday is the Last Supper, on which Jesus Christ offers a last meal with his apostles. Later, after the prayer, he is arrested in the garden of Gethsemane.
Good Friday represents the passion, death and resurrection of Christ. Crucified on the cross of Golgotha together with Disma (on his right) and Gestas (on his left).
These Easter holidays in Gran Canaria are celebrated with various events and processions organised by the different diocesan fraternities. Every day there are different events that represent the above-mentioned moments and have marked the history of the Messiah.
When will Easter be celebrated in 2021?
The current situation of the pandemic has meant that this year no events or parades could take place. This also means that it is not yet certain whether they will take place in 2021.
Nevertheless, in most European countries the temperature is still below 20 degrees Celsius during these months and Gran Canaria has an average temperature of 24 degrees all year round, making it a perfect destination to spend this week's holiday here.