Not much sign of Passover here, where, unlike almost every other Spanish city, there has never been a Jewish community, even before the expulsion in 1492: so we’ll be eating our hard-boiled eggs and salt water on our own on Seder Night (Monday).
But Easter is a BIG deal here. As in the rest of Spain, Holy Week is marked in Bilbao by 8 days of extraordinary religious processions, from Palm Sunday (Domingo de Ramos) to Easter Sunday (Domingo de Resurreccion), commemorating the events of the Passion. From Maundy Thursday to Easter Monday, the whole country shuts down.
Today we went to see the Palm Sunday procession at San Vicente in town. (Each procession leaves and returns a couple of hours later to one of the city’s churches, a different church for each procession.)
You can get a sense of what the processions are like here:
Lots more processions to come, so watch this space….