Easter Celebrations in Gran Canaria
24/03/2010 - The Canarian people love a celebration or ‘fiesta’ and Easter week (Semana Santa) holds a particular passion for the majority of Canarians, as it is the most important annual religious event in the Christian liturgical year.
Most towns and villages celebrate this holy festival and if you are lucky enough to be visiting Gran Canaria during Easter, there is no better place to observe the celebrations than in the colourful capital city Las Palmas, particularly in the area of Vegueta.
The Easter celebrations begin in earnest on Palm Sunday (Domingo de Ramos), which falls on March 28th this year. Literally thousands of people flood the streets from early afternoon onwards to participate in the procession which culminates at the beautiful Catedral de Santa Ana.
The final procession is on Good Friday (Viernes Santo). Thousands of pilgrims and on-lookers fill the streets as Canarian school children, ethereal in their veils or mantillas lead the cortège, as the image of Christ on the cross is carried through the picturesque streets of Vegueta.
For anyone visiting Gran Canaria during Easter, a trip to Las Palmas is an absolute must. Our on-site Vacation Club team can advise you on organised sight seeing excursions in and around the capital. Alternatively the independent traveller can pick up details on the hop-on-hop-off bus system operating in the city.