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One of the manifestations with the most solemnity in the city of Tarragona is Easter Week, which main event is the Holy Burial Procession on Good Friday.
The first documented proof of the celebration of this procession through the streets of the Part Alta (Old Town) goes back to the year 1550. Currently more than 4000 people group in 13 associations, brotherhoods and congregations and carry 20 pasos (episodes of the Passion of Christ) in this procession. The procession is preceded by the armed soldiers who break the silence with the sound of their kettledrums.
This procession is considered as one of the most significant in the Mediterranean and has been officially declared Traditional festival of national interest by the Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalan Government) in 1999 and reclassified in 2010 as Traditional element of national interest. In 2009 the entire Tarragona Easter Week was also declared Festival of national tourist interest by the Generalitat.
The city’s thirteen brotherhoods, the Group of Holy Week Associations of Tarragona, the Archbishop’s office and the City Council have decided to suspend all the Easter processions for 2021. There will therefore be no public processions along the streets for the second year running due to Covid-19 in order to avoid overcrowding.
To see the programme of in-person events with limited space and other online events, please click here.
Some of the activities on this programme of events may be changed or cancelled depending on the situation of the pandemic and the economic resources available to the Group of Holy Week Associations of Tarragona, or as a result of the addition of new events that we have not yet been able to define due to the current situation.