Easter on Ibiza – info and details

April 1st, 2009 - 3:46 pm Posted in easter, ibiza, Semana Santa | Comments (2)

easter in ibizaThere’s something almost eerie about it: clusters of figures, their heads completely concealed under pointed hoods, carrying the heavy statues of the saints on their shoulders through the narrow alleys of the old town. The muffled bells of the cathedral toll. Groups of musicians play mournful music. Then everything falls silent.

Suddenly, a woman throws herself to the ground, screaming. It’s one of the gypsies from Sa Pena, Ibiza’s fishermen’s district. She raises her voice to lament the death of Christ, whom the Christian tradition believes was crucified and died on Good Friday. The procession stops. For a few minutes, the only thing that breaks the silence is the sound of the woman’s laments. Then she gets up from the ground. The funeral procession starts to move on.

The people lining the streets are captivated by the pious atmosphere. Many of them cross themselves when one of the sculptures of the saints is carried by. Although it’s a chilly April night, one of the bearers is walking barefoot on the cobbled road. It is his way of doing penance for his own sins and those of the rest of mankind.

This burial procession held every Good Friday in Dalt Vila is a deeply moving experience and takes place in the presence of the Bishop of Ibiza, several priests and hundreds of believers. The funeral procession starts at the cathedral – which was build by the Christians back in the 13th century – to mark the island’s liberation from the period of Moorish rule and religion. The Good Friday processions also started in the Middle Ages.

easter on ibizaIn other contexts, the hooded figures might inspire fear and horror – after all, this is how the dreaded Inquisition used to make people dress before they were burnt at the stake. But not on Ibiza. No such arbitrary actions ever took place here, and no witches were ever burnt. No, here on the island, these hoods have another meaning altogether. They are worn by members of Christian confraternities and are intended to hide their faces as a symbol of humility. This is because it is a real honour to be asked to help carry one of the heavy sculptures of the saints through the alleys down to the church in La Marina, and no one should be able to see who has received this honour.

Even during this procession, you can see just how open the Ibizans are to outsiders. Anyone who wants to watch the procession is welcome to attend. So, we warmly recommend that you experience this facet of the island for yourself when you get the chance. Immerse yourself in the deeply pious atmosphere of Good Friday that is such an important part of the island’s spiritual side. Soon, you’ll find yourself being transported back to the Middle Ages. It’s an experience that will send a shiver of excitement down your spine. There will also be Good Friday processions in other towns across the island.

Ibiza Town

Friday, April 3rd
8:00 pm: Mass in the cathedral, followed by a procession.
Saturday, April 4th
8:00 pm: Mass in the Iglesia del Salvador church (La Marina).
Palm Sunday, April 5th
10:00 am: Mass in the Iglesia del Convent (next to the town hall), followed by a Palm Sunday procession that leads up to the cathedral.
7:30 pm: Easter concert at the Can Ventosa cultural centre
8:00 pm: Mass in the Iglesia Santa Cruz church (C/. Arago), followed by a procession.
Monday, April 6th
8:00 pm: Mass in the Iglesia del Convent church (next to the town hall), followed by a procession.
Tuesday, April 7th
8:00 pm: Mass in the cathedral, followed by a procession.
Wednesday, April 8th
7:30 pm: Mass in the Iglesia del Rosario church (next to the central post office), followed by a procession that leads up to the cathedral.
Maundy Thursday, April 9th
10:30 am: Mass in the cathedral
7:00 pm: Mass in the cathedral to commemorate the Last Supper.
Good Friday, April 10th
9:00 am: Way of the Cross procession starting at the Iglesia Santa Cruz church (C/. Arago) and leading through La Marina up to the cathedral.
6:00 pm: Mass in the cathedral.
8:30 pm: Procession from the cathedral down to La Marina and back. Continues until well past midnight.
Saturday, April, 11th
11:30 pm: Easter vigil and communal celebration at the cathedral.
Easter Sunday, April 12th
Noon: Easter concert by the local orchestra on the Vara de Rey.

Santa Eulalia

Maundy Thursday, April 9th
7:00 pm: Mass of the Last Supper in the fortified church on the Puig de Missa.
9:00 pm: Procession starting from the chapel of Nuestra Senora de Lurdes and proceeding up to the fortified church on the Puig de Missa.
Good Friday, April 10th
10:00 am: Way of the cross procession depicted by amateur actors starting at the covered market (Es Mercat) and leading up to the fortified church on the Puig de Missa.
6:00 pm: Mass in the fortified church on the Puig de Missa.
8:00 pm: Procession from the fortified church on the Puig de Missa leading down into the town before returning to the church.
Saturday, April 11th
10:00 pm: Easter vigil and communal celebration at the fortified church on the Puig de Missa.

Sant Antoni

Palm Sunday, April 5th
11:00 am: Mass in the fortified church in the town centre.
Maundy Thursday, April 9th
6:00 pm: Mass in the fortified church commemorating the Last Supper.
Good Friday, April 10th
9:30 am: Procession through the streets of the town.
6:00 pm: Mass in the fortified church.
Saturday, April 11th
11:00 pm: Midnight mass in the fortified church.

Sant Josep

Palm Sunday, April 5th
11:00 am: Mass in the church in the village centre with blessing of the palm leaves.
7:00 pm: Way of the Cross procession through the village.
Maundy Thursday, April 9th
8:00 pm: Mass in the church in the village centre
Good Friday, April 10th
6:00 pm: Mass in the church in the village centre
Saturday, April 11th
11:00 pm: Mass in the church in the village centre

Sant Joan

Church in Sant Joan
Maundy Thursday, April 9th
6:00 pm: Mass followed by a procession Church in San Llorenzo
Maundy Thursday, April 9th
4:00 pm: Mass followed by a procession
Church in Sant Vicent:
Saturday, April 4th
Noon: Mass followed by a procession

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2 Responses to “Easter on Ibiza – info and details”

  1. tam @ romantic hotels Says:

    great review, almost feel like i was there! it truly is a spectacle worth beholding. great images too.

  2. Honorable Al-Bey Says:

    Wow. The Mystery and History of the Crucifiction…