“Diumenge de Rams” Palm Sunday – Easter Barcelona – Domingo de Ramos 2014
It is a great time to come to the city of Barcelona as Spring has sprung, the trees and flowers are blooming … Holy week is the week before Easter and starts with Palm Sunday
Come to Barcino147 Bed and breakfast in Barcelona and enjoy Easter week
Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter Sunday and signals the start of Semana Santa Easter Week. Palm Sunday is called “Domingo de Ramos” in Spanish and “Diumenge de Rams” in Catalan. In Barcelona there is a Palm Sunday procession which is called “La Borriquita” (little donkey) organised by the Parish of San Agustín (see maps, dates and times below.) Just walking distance from Barcino147 Bed and breakfast in Barcelona you will find some of the oldest churches in Barcelona that have Palm Sunday masses, which usually include a “Bendición de la Palma” palm blessing ceremony, which is when the parish priests go outside the church to bless the congregation, who carry laurel branches – “ramos de laurel” and palm stalks and leaves – “palmónes y palmas.”
Right in front of Barcino147 B&B The boys carry the “palmónes” which are the tall palm stalks – and the girls carry the “palmas,” which are smaller and shorter stems with intricately woven crosses. All of the childrens’ palm leaves have small bags of sweets or toys on the palms tied to them, and are often decorated with Catalan senyera ribbons. If you visit the Feria de Ramos markets in Barcelona outside Barcelona Cathedral, or on la Rambla de Catalunya or by the Sagrada Familia, where palmónes and palmas are sold on the days leading up to Palm Sunday, you can find many different sizes and variations on display. One of the traditions of Easter in Spain is that the Godmother of the children is responsible for making or getting the palm leaves for her Godchildren. In the old days this probably meant weaving them by hand, but nowadays most Godmothers buy them at the Feria de Ramos or at the supermarket.