Vejer de la Frontera Easter Programme 2020
Easter in Spain is one of the best experiences you will enjoy. It starts 40 days after Ash Wednesday, which is when Carnival finishes. The music, smell, costumes, and the figures covered in gold, silk and silver are outstanding. Even if you are not religious you will be thrilled to enjoy this celebration. Sadly 2020’s Vejer de la Frontera Easter processions and events have been cancelled.
The list below are the events done every year in Vejer de la Frontera during Easter. So in case you are planning to come to Vejer de la Frontera for Easter in 2021 you can expect a similar schedule.
In Spanish schools, students, enjoy 8 days of holiday during Easter. It is one of the most important holidays in Southern Spain. This year, 2020, it will be going on from 5th April to 12th April.
Each place throughout Cadiz province will have different processions (parades where they carry a religious scene from the bible). In this blog we will let you know the schedule of activities to do in Vejer de la Frontera as well as in other villages nearby.
Easter in Spain
Easter Sunday in Spain is preceded by an entire week of celebrations, known as La Semana Santa (“Holy Week”). During the week, processions take place, beginning at churches. The highlight of the processions are the “Pasos”. These are large sculptures, or figures carved in wood, depicting scenes from the Bible, which are carried on the shoulders of people throughout the city/village for hours. Here in Vejer de la Frontera, they last around 4 hours.
The processions are slow marches through the village. Large bands follow many of the “Pasos”, playing traditional Easter music. The pasos are led by the Nazarenos, the people in the robes and hats.
Who are the people in robes?
The Nazarenos wear the pointed hats (known as capirotes) and robes. Nazarenos are part of the Catholic brotherhoods. Generally, each city has multiple brotherhoods, each with their own representation and different symbols and colour of robes. Often, these brotherhoods date back to the Middle Ages. Read our other blog post on the Nazarenos and their costumes.
Traditionally, only men could be in the Catholic brotherhoods but nowadays women also join in. However, Nazarenos represent penance, due to the historical significance.
Vejer de la Frontera and surroundings’ Easter programme 2020
Below you will find the programme for Vejer de la Frontera Easter this year. The days that Vejer de la Frontera does not have a procession going on I have written alternatives for you to go see in the surrounding villages.
Sunday 5th April: Palm Sunday
10:30: Blessing of Palms and Olives in the Church “Nuestra señora de la Merced” and procession to the Parish. Celebration of the Entry of the Lord in Jerusalem.
20:00: San Miguel’s Church. Welcoming the Christ of the Olive and Mass
In Medina Sidonia there will be processions.
18:00 from ” Iglesia de la Victoria”. This procession is lead by the brotherhood “Nuestro Padre Jesús de la Columna y María Santísima Mayor Dolor, San Juan Evangelista y Nuestra Señora de la Victoria”.
Monday 6th: Holy Monday
In Medina Sidonia there will be a procession.
21:00 from ” Iglesia de la Victoria”. This procession is lead by the brotherhood “Nuestro Padre Jesús Cautivo de los Llanos”.
Tuesday 7th: Holy Tuesday
In Barbate there will be a procession.
22:00 from “Parroquia de San Paulino”. This procession is lead by the brotherhood “Cofradía de Penitencia de Nuestro Padre Jesús Orando en el Huerto y Nuestra Señora de Gracia y Esperanza”
Route that will follow: Plaza de la Inmaculada (derecha), C/ Cristo de Medinaceli (antigua General Varela), Avda. del Río Barbate (antigua José Antonio), Padre Castrillón, Agustín Varo, Avda. del Mar, (antigua Generalísimo), 00:45h. PASO POR TRIBUNA, Plaza de la Inmaculada y Templo
Wednesday 8th: Holy Wednesday
21.00 From San Miguel’s Church. Procession of the Holy Christ of the Olive. The figure is from the 18th century in carved and polychrome wood, baroque style. This procession is lead by the brotherhood of “Nuestra Señora de la Oliva Coronada”.
Route that it will follow: Iglesia de San Miguel, Diputación, Juan XXIII, Mariscal Miranda, Avda. San Miguel, Juan Relinque, Plazuela, Ntra. Sra. de la Oliva e Iglesia Parroquial del Divino Salvador.
Thursday 9th: Maundy Thursday
22.00 from “Iglesia Divino Salvador”. Procession of the Nazarene. This procession is comprised of two figures. The first figure is Jesus carved in the 17th century and the second figure is the virgin “Nuestra señora de los dolores” carved in the 19th century. This procession is lead by brotherhood of “Nuestro padre Jesus Nazareno, Maria Santísima de los Dolores y San Juan Evangelista”.
Route that it will follow: Salida desde la Parroquia del Divino Salvador, Ntra. Sra. De la Oliva, Plazuela, Teniente Castrillón, Plaza Juan Bueno, Altozano, Sagasta, Santísimo, Esquina de la Pita, Rivas de Neira, San Ambrosio, Cobarrubias, Manuel Torres, Juan Relinque, Plazuela, Ntra. Sra. de la Oliva y entrada a su Templo.
23.00. Holy Thursday Vigil (penitence).
Friday 10th: Good Friday
12.00. Holy hour before the Blessed Sacrament.
17:00 Celebration of the Death of the Lord.
20:00 from “Iglesia Divino Salvador”. Procession of the Holy Burial and Solitude. First figure Jesus Christ carved in 2004 and the second figure they carry is Nuestra señora de la Soledad carved in 1942. This procession is lead by brotherhood “Santísimo Cristo de la caridad en su santo entierro y María Santísima de la Soledad”
Saturday 11th: Holy Saturday
15:00 from “Parroquia de Santa Cruz”. The brotherhood will be carrying two figures “Nuestra Señora de la Soledad” and “Santo Entierro”. The holy burial. The coffin was made in 1865 in silver and with Parisian crystals, it is a magnificent protection for the image of Jesús Yacente, made in 1624.
Route that it will follow: Plaza de Fray Félix, Obispo José Mª. Rances, Plaza San Martin, Posadilla, San Antonio Abad, Fabio Rufino, Pomponio Mela, Pelota, Plaza Pio XII, Estación de Penitencia en la S.I.C., Arquitecto Acero, Plaza Pío XII, Compañía, Santiago, CARRERA OFICIAL San José, Cánovas del Castillo, Valverde (Izq), Beato Diego de Cádiz, San Francisco, Plaza San Agustín, San Francisco, Nueva, Plaza San Juan de Dios (centro), Pomponio Mela, Fabio Rufino, San Antonio Abad, Posadilla, Plaza San Martin, Obispo José Mª Rances, Plaza de Fray Félix, a su Templo.
Sunday 12th: Easter Sunday/ Sunday of resurrection
On Sunday of resurrection Vejer de la Frontera closes the main street. The streets “Calle Iglesia San Miguel” and” Calle Juan Relinque will be packed as there will be three bulls freed throughout the day. This day is called “Toro embolao de Vejer”.
People will be running with them or just watching from outside of the fences having a snack and drink. The bulls will run from the Convent of San Francisco to the begining of the Avenue of San Miguel. This is how Vejer de la Frontera Easter finishes.
Easter Week in Cadiz Cities
If you are not staying the full week of Vejer de la Frontera Easter in 2020, but instead you are going to spend part of your Easter holidays in Cadiz city look at the schedule for Cadiz here. If on the other hand you are thinking to spend Easter in Jerez de la Frontera in 2020 you can see the schedule here instead. Each day will have different brotherhood, you can see the route by clicking in the link.
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