Live the essence of the Passions
Catalonia is a country with a wide range of customs and traditions.
The beginning of Lent comes accompanied by some of the Catalan populations of a dramatic staging that has been representing since the Middle Ages throughout Europe, the Passions. These can usually be seen until after Easter.
The popular and traditional manifestations of the Cycle of the Passion include a multitude of forms, not strictly liturgical, that remind during the celebrations of Holy Week the evangelical episodes referring to the public life, passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. The current Passions derive, in their most remote origin, from the Passion readings made on Good Friday.
In the 16th and 17th centuries, the Passions were more like processions with specific representations of certain scenes, a combination that is still practiced in many Catalan towns. Later, with the development of the forms of the profane theater, they were acquiring structure of more complex representations and, already in the 18th century, they became theatrical pieces in acts, of long duration, with stable texts. At this time they are consolidated as shows that are represented in the square or in large public or semi-public spaces, already destined for the theater
Throughout Catalonia processions, parades of armed or manaies, mysteries or monuments, representations of different order (spoken dances, pictures or static scenes, historical recreations...) and Passions of very different magnitude and perspective are celebrated : from the most traditional, still incorporated in processions; going through those who adopt texts, characters and current perspectives; until reaching the great Passions, which put on stage numerous shows in great theaters.