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. It is about 1.5 hours by car from Barcelona.

The villagers of Verges celebrate the 'La Dansa de la mort' - an ancient and unique 'dance of death' - on the evening of Easter Thursday (Maundy Thursday) every year. 

The Danza de la Muerte de Verges procession takes place to the beat of drums and the participants carry scythes, ashes and clocks and wear skeleton outfits. This spooky tradition symbolises the final judgement after death to determine if the soul goes to heaven, to purgatory, or to hell.

Definately one of Spain's strangest Easter traditions! Thousands of spectators pay a small admission fee to witness the procession, which takes place in the medieval center of the village and on walls and towers.

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