Holy Week in Aragon has a great cultural richness and diversity, and there are many small towns where you can live the authentic Holy Week. Here is a list of ten villages that might interest you:
1. Alcorisa: located in the region of Bajo Aragon, has a deeply rooted Holy Week, where you can enjoy religious processions and parades.
The Holy Week of Alcorisa is one of the most outstanding in the province of Teruel, and has a long tradition dating back to the sixteenth century. The Brotherhood of the Blood of Christ, which was founded in 1550, is the oldest in the town and has been responsible for preserving and transmitting the tradition of Holy Week over the centuries.
One of the most exciting moments of the Holy Week of Alcorisa is the procession of Holy Thursday, in which the image of the Christ of Humility is carried through the streets of the town in a procession that is characterized by the devotion and devotion of the brothers and faithful who participate in it.
Another of the highlights of Holy Week in Alcorisa is the Monument to the Blessed Sacrament, which is celebrated during the night of Holy Thursday. During this ceremony, the Roman guards watch over the monument in an impressive spectacle of discipline and solemnity.
2. Borja: located in the region of Campo de Borja, it has a very rich religious and cultural heritage. The processions of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday stand out.
The brotherhoods of the Holy Week of Borja are responsible for organizing and carrying out the various events and processions held during the week. The procession of Palm Sunday, the procession of the Seven Words on Good Friday, and the procession of the Encounter on Easter Sunday stand out.
In the Palm Sunday procession, the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem is remembered and the palms that are carried in procession are blessed. The procession of the Encounter is one of the most emotional, in which the meeting of the Virgin Mary with the resurrected Jesus is represented.
In addition to the processions, the Holy Week of Borja has other events such as the representation of the living Stations of the Cross, the blessing of the fields, and the blessing of the branches and the Easter monkey.
3. Calatayud: a medieval city in the region of the Community of Calatayud, which has a very traditional Holy Week, in which the procession of the Encounter stands out.
There are different acts and processions that are celebrated during the week. Among them, the General Procession of Good Friday stands out especially, in which all the brotherhoods participate and which is one of the most multitudinous and spectacular of the province.
During Holy Week in Calatayud, other religious and cultural events are also celebrated, such as the traditional Via Crucis on Maundy Thursday, the representation of The Passion at the Capitol Theater, and the blessing of the branches and the Easter mona on Palm Sunday.
In addition, the city has numerous monuments and places of interest that can be visited during Holy Week, such as the Collegiate Church of Santa María la Mayor, the Plaza del Fuerte or the Castle of Ayud.
4. Caspe: located in the region of Bajo Aragón-Caspe, it has an Easter Week in which the processions of Holy Thursday and Good Friday stand out.
Some of the most outstanding processions of the Holy Week of Caspe are:
The procession of the Dawn of Good Friday, in which the Nazarenes parade through the dark streets illuminated only by lanterns and torches, creating an atmosphere of mystery and recollection.
The procession of the Holy Burial, which is held on the afternoon of Good Friday, with the image of the dead Christ in an impressive procession and the participation of all the brotherhoods of the city.
The procession of Easter Sunday, which represents the meeting between the Virgin and the Resurrected, with a large number of faithful and a band of music that accompanies the route.
In addition to the processions, during Holy Week in Caspe you can also visit the different churches and hermitages of the city, such as the church of San Juan Bautista, the hermitage of Santa Ana or the hermitage of San Antón. There are also different liturgical and cultural events, such as sacred music concerts or religious art exhibitions.
Brotherhoods: La Burreta, La Oración en el Huerto, Jesús Atado a la Columna, El Nazareno, El Cristo, La Piedad, El Santo Entierro, La Virgen de los Dolores, El Santísimo Sacramento and La Veracruz.
5. Daroca: located in the region of Campo de Daroca, has a very important Holy Week, which highlights the procession of the Holy Burial.
It is interesting to note that in addition to the processions and religious events, Holy Week in Daroca also has other traditions and celebrations. As you mentioned, on Palm Sunday the palms and olive branches are blessed, and on Easter Sunday a picnic is celebrated in the pine forest of Daroca. In addition, throughout the week you can taste the typical torrijas and other delicacies of the local cuisine in bars and bakeries in the city.
6. Jaca: in the region of the Jacetania, it has a Holy Week in which the procession of the Holy Burial stands out, in which all the brotherhoods of the city participate.
Jaca’s Holy Week is known for its great solemnity and beauty, and is celebrated in the historic center of the city. During the week, various processions take place in which the nine brotherhoods and brotherhoods parade with their floats and their respective religious images, accompanied by the music of the drum and bass drum bands. The most outstanding processions are those of the Santo Sepulcro, the Virgen de la Soledad, the Jesús Nazareno and the Virgen de la Piedad. In addition, during the Holy Week of Jaca other religious and cultural acts are also carried out such as the representation of the Stations of the Cross, the Mass of the Holy Supper, the Descent from the Cross and the Procession of the Encounter. All this makes the Holy Week of Jaca one of the most important and spectacular of Aragon.
7. Tarazona: in the region of Tarazona and the Moncayo, it has a very deep-rooted Holy Week, in which the processions of Holy Thursday and Good Friday stand out.
The Holy Week of Tarazona has a long tradition that goes back to the XVII century, and it is formed by nine brotherhoods that procession with their respective floats throughout the days of the Holy Week. In addition to the Procession of the Holy Burial, another of the most emotional moments is the Procession of the Dawn of Good Friday, in which the floats are carried by the brotherhoods in the dark, with candles and torches illuminating the route. Also noteworthy is the procession of La Borriquilla, held on Palm Sunday, in which the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem is represented. The thrones, made of wood and decorated with flowers, are authentic works of art that impress visitors. In addition, music is a very important element in the processions, with drum and bugle bands accompanying the floats and creating a solemn and emotional atmosphere.
These are just some of the many towns where you can enjoy an authentic Easter Week in Aragon. All of them have their particularities and peculiarities, and it is interesting to know them and discover their cultural and religious richness.
Updated February 2023