Easter is the main Christian holiday, in preparation for which and during which believers remember the last days of Jesus Christ, his crucifixion, death and resurrection. Easter Day concludes the Holy Week (La Semana Santa), whose celebrations and festivities are often implied when referring to Easter in general. Many especially grand masses take place during the Holy Week.
The meaning of select holidays during La Semana Santa:
Palm Sunday (Domingo de Ramos) - the first day of the Holy Week, when Jesus entered Jerusalem,
Maundy Thursday (Jueves Santo) - the day of communion and commemoration of Jesus' Last Supper with his apostles,
Good Friday (Viernes Santo) - the crucifixion of Jesus, his death and burial,
Holy Saturday (SГЎbado Santo) - the commemoration of Jesus in the tomb,
Easter Sunday (Domingo de ResurrecciГіn) - the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Many Spanish regions and given towns have their own traditions when it comes to Easter celebrations. For example, in Barcelona you can listen to an open sermon that takes place in front of the main cathedral at 3 pm - the sermon is lead by one of the higher members of clergy and is devoted to sayings of Jesus Christ uttered on the cross - the Seven Last Words from the Cross.