Easter in Madrid is a deeply rooted religious celebration throughout Spain and in the city and is characterized by its processions, which run through the streets of the historic center throughout the week. Although it is not the most famous as Easter in other cities such as Seville or Malaga, Easter in Madrid has great cultural and religious value for its inhabitants.
From Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, this year 2023 is from April 2 to 9, and thousands of people come to the capital of Madrid to attend the different processions that run through the streets of Madrid.
The atmosphere created by the beating of drums and trumpets and the showiness of the colorful costumes of the cofrades is one of the hallmarks of Easter in Spain.
How is Easter in Madrid?
These days in the capital of Madrid there are different brotherhoods that take their sacred images in procession while they walk the streets of the capital with their finery, while the churches and basilicas program concerts of sacred music, and there is also a spectacular “tamborrada” and they take held various events in the downtown area of the capital.
The Easter processions in Madrid are truly popular and very followed by locals and a good number of tourists who visit us. In fact, the City Council has recognized Easter in Madrid and the activity of the brotherhoods as a religious and cultural manifestation of special citizen significance and general interest for the city of Madrid.
One of the most anticipated events of Easter in Madrid is the “tamborrada” that takes place in the Plaza Mayor in Madrid, this wonderful Easter “tamborrada2 was declared by UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
It consists of a roll of barrels, drums, bass drums and kettledrums carried on this occasion by the Jesús de la Humiliación, María Santísima de la Amargura and San Felipe and Santiago el Menor de Zaragoza Brotherhood.
Another thing that we can take advantage of these days of Easter to taste typical dishes such as the popular French toast, Pavía soldiers, Madrid-style chickpea stew or cod croquettes.
Main processions this Easter 2023
The Easter processions in Madrid are organized by the different brotherhoods, which carry images adorned with numerous flowers such as candles and rich embroidered cloaks that during the rest of the year are housed in the different basilicas and churches, the places where the processions are the Paseo del Prado, Calle Alcalá or Plaza Mayor. Throughout this journey they are accompanied by dozens of Nazarenes and carried by bearers from the different brotherhoods.
Regarding the most important processions celebrated on Palm Sunday, it is worth noting, respectively, that of Nuestro Padre Jesús del Amor (La Borriquita) and the passage of the Holy Christ of Faith and Forgiveness (Los Estudiantes) and Holy Wednesday the procession of Nuestro Padre Jesús de la Salud and María Santísima de las Antiguas (Los Gitanos). Among them, the one of Nuestro Padre Jesús del Gran Poder and María Santísima de la Esperanza Macarena, that of Jesús el Pobre, or that of the Holy Burial stand out.
Outside the downtown area, one of the most famous processions is that of the Divine Captive.
Easter 2023 Madrid Program
So that you can plan this Easter in Madrid, if you come from abroad the first thing you should look for is accommodation and Vitium Urban Suites is the best option due to its excellent location and the quality of its rooms.
On these days, several with specific dates, times and routes stand out. Details about these processions will surely be available on the illustrated cultural map (https://www.esmadrid.com/sites/default/files/mapa_procesiones_semana_santa_madrid.pdf, this is the map) once this year’s official program is presented, but in the meantime we leave you with some of the options that we already know:
April 2, 2023 (Palm Sunday Processions)
- Procession of Our Father Jesus of Love
- Procession of the Christ of Faith and Forgiveness
April 5, 2023 (Holy Wednesday Processions)
- Procession of Our Father Jesus de la Salud (The Gypsies)
- Procession of the Holy Christ of the Three Falls
April 6, 2023 (Holy Thursday Processions)
- Procession of Our Father Jesus Nazareno “El Pobre”
- Procession of the Divine Captive
- Procession of Our Father Jesus of the Great Power
April 7, 2023 (Good Friday Processions)
- Procession of Jesus Nazareno de Medinaceli
- Procession of the Holy Christ of the Alabarderos
- Procession of the Divine Captive in Madrid
- Procession of the Holy Mary of the Seven Sorrows
- Procession of the Holy Burial in Madrid
April 8, 2023 (Holy Saturday Processions)
- Procession of Soledad and Desamparo
In summary, Easter commemorates the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ with a series of celebrations throughout the Community of Madrid.
By day and by night, the streets of Madrid become spaces where the colors of the flowers and the tunics of the Nazarenes mix, the music of the drum and bugle bands with the lights of the candles, the aroma of incense, the art of religious sculptures or the emotion provoked by the arrows and the silence of a respectful crowd; All this makes up a magical and moving atmosphere worth living.
We are waiting for you at Vitium Urban Suites so that you can live this experience.