Easter Festivals - La Danza de la Muerte de Verges

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, which is about 1.5 hours by car. Here in Verges every year in the evening of Easter Thursday (Maundy Thursday) villagers celebrate an ancient and unique 'dance of death'. The Danza de la Muerte de Verges procession takes place to the beat of drums and the participents carry scythes, ashes and clocks and wear skeleton outfits.

The spooky tradition of skeleton costumes or robes is to symbolise the final judgement of individuals after death to decide if soul goes to heaven, to purgatory, or to hell. This is definately one of Spain's strangeest Easter traditions! Thousands of spectators pay a small admission fee to see the procession, which is in the medieval village and also on the walls and towers.
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