On Maundy Thursday – the Thursday before Easter – the biggest procession take place, usually followed by colourful parades through the streets at night. In Palma, the solemn La Sang procession takes place, during which a representation of the crucified Christ is carried through the streets to remind worshippers of the meaning of Christianity.
The start time of the procession in Palma is normally 7pm. See here for the programme.
In Sant Llourenc, the carapunats, or hooded penitents, organise themselves into four brotherhoods: each has its own characteristic form of dress and a float or statue which takes part in the procession and refers to the brotherhood’s name.
These include La Dolorosa (which represents the Virgin Mary on witnessing the death of her son), El Sant Crist (an image of Christ on the cross) and La Veronica (which refers to the episode in the bible when Jesus meets Veronica and she wipes away his sweat and his face becomes imprinted on her veil. These floats are kept in the parish museum throughout the year.
There are also popular celebrations in Felantix, Pollenca and Artá.
Throughout Easter there will be an abundance of ‘Panades’ and ‘Rubiols’. Despite being made from the same basic pastry, they differ greatly in taste. The ‘panades’ are a round, savory pie filled with meat, either pork or beef, and peas. The pastry of the sweet rubiols is rolled thinner and filled with pumpkin and served as a desert. Both of these Mallorquin classics are available in bakeries throughout the island.
Check local press or the local tourist office for details of the celebrations in your area. Alcudia’s programme of celebrations can be seen here.