Valencia and its maritime district is one of the cities that is celebrating Easter in a very beautiful and especially emotional way. In addition la Semana Santa Marinera de Valencia is a declared holiday of National Tourist Interest that begins on April 7 and ends on April 16, 2017.
On Friday April 7 it is celebrated Viernes de Dolor during, it is the day when the pain of the Virgin is venerated when she sees her son die.
On Sunday April 9, 2017 is celebrated Domingo de Ramos. This Sunday marks the first fundamental moment of Holy Week “la Bendición de Palmas”. It commemorates the entrance of Jesus in Jerusalem, where it was received with “branches” of palms and olive tree. The meaning of this celebration is the memory of Jesus’ triumphal entrance to Jerusalem, when people cheered the arrival of the “Master”
Monday 10 April is commemorated el Lunes Santo. The celebration of the last days of Jesus Christ begins. Today, friends offer Jesus a dinner. The table will be the sign of harmony.
Tuesday 11 April is celebrated el Martes Santo. The day of the death of Jesus Christ is approaching, while the different “Hermandades y cofradías“ of the Maritime Populations arrive, they celebrate different scenes of passion, death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 is celebrated el Miércoles Santo which is the day when the Sanedrin, the Jewish religious court, meets to condemn Jesus. It is the first day of mourning for the church and it is celebrated with numerous acts in the Maritime Villages.
On Thursday, April 13 is commemorated el Jueves Santo. This day commemorates the institution of the Eucharist at the Última Cena and feet washing performed by Jesus.
But certaintly the greatest act of Semana Santa Marinera en Valencia is la Procesión del Santo Entierro on el Viernes Santo (14 de abril) and is an act steeped in silence and solemn contemplation.
On Saturday, April 15, is commemorated el Sábado Santo while in the churches they are celebrating Vigilia Pascual.
On Sunday, April 16, is commemorated el Domingo de Resurrección. It is one of the great days of Semana Santa Marinera: they launch fireworks and water from the balconies, that announce the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is a joyful day when the Maritime Population are changing the black color with the white one which emphasize the essentiality of the Mediterrranean sea. There is also the Resurrection Parade.
On Sunday and Easter Monday, the custom is for families to go down to the old riverbed to enjoy typical produce such as the delicacies known as monas (typical Easter pies with hard-boiled eggs). Easter Sunday is also the day of the traditional ceremony of the Meeting of Christ with his Mother, a moment marked by the release of doves and showers of flower petals.
The passion and enthusiasm of the citizens expressed in processions, representations and other religious acts have made these celebrations very attractive and has contributed to the declaration of Fiesta of Tourist Interest.