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 12 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.