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Easter Festivals - La Danza de la Muerte de Verges E-mail
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La Danza de la Muerte de Verges

Dance of Death Easter festival in Verges in Catalonia, Spain near Barcelona

La Procesión de Verges. Dance of Death" - "La Dansa de la mort" in Catalan langauge and  "La Danza de la Muerte de Verges" in Spanish language. Verges is a village near the Costa Brava in Catalonia, where they celebrate an ancient and unique dance of death every year on Easter Thursday - Maundy Thursday in the evening. The procession is to the beat of drums and participents carry scythes, ashes and clocks. Participants perform a spooky dance in skeleton costumes or robes to symbolise the final judgement after death when it is decided if the soul goes to heaven, to purgatory, or to hell. One of the more strange Easter traditions! It is very popular to watch and thousands of spectators pay an admission fee to watch the procession which is in the medieval village and on the walls and towers. Read about Easter week in Barcelona

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