Holy Week in Asturias

Living the processions and much more

Living the processions and much more

Holy Week in Asturias calls many popular demonstrations in many towns and villages of the Principality. Accompanying the processions, the steps, and the faithful who take the streets, there is a good number of parallel festivities of a profane nature, as well as a wide variety of gastronomic menus associated with these dates, and another good amount of activities of a playful nature and folklore that make Holy Week more attractive in the region.

With regard to the religious celebrations, Avilés takes the palm and adds seven brotherhoods with their respective processional steps that run through the streets of the town between Palm Sunday and Holy Saturday. Stresses the emotionality of the traditional Silence procession, a procession that is also a protagonist in the fishing village of Cudillero, in western Asturias.

Holy Week Asturias 2019

Holy Week Infiesto 2019

En Gijón, whose Holy Week dates back to the seventeenth century, highlights the image of his images, recovered after the civil war.

En Villaviciosa It is said that celebrates the oldest Holy Week of all Asturias. The Brotherhood of Our Father Jesus Nazareno composed by more than 2000 cofrades is the center of all religious acts.

Luarca It enjoys some of the most multitudinous and devout processions of the Asturian West.

In The parish of Besullo (Cangas del Narcea) an ancestral tradition is kept alive. On Holy Saturday, before midnight arrives, a bonfire called Fumaza is lit. All the congregants dance and dance around it throughout the night. This dance, more profane than religious, is accompanied by the tasting of bocho, a sweet bread that is handmade by this time.

In the town of Infiesto in the eastern Asturian council of Piloña, their religious acts also stand out; and in the parish of San Esteban de Piantón belonging to the western municipality of Vegadeo. The piantoneses have been celebrating collective rituals for several centuries. The main acts are the processions and the reproduction of the central events of the Passion staged by the neighbors.

En Ribadesella, in eastern Asturias, highlights its spectacular Via Crucis maritime on Friday night, with the burning of crosses, and its famous Horse Race on the Beach of Santa Marina that afternoon.
En Santo Adriano, celebrate the famous Xuntanza on Saturday, with dances around the bonfire and performances of folk groups.

Complete the range of Asturian locations where Holy Week is celebrated with great showmanship, Oviedo, Santa Maria de LLas (Cabrales), Cangas de Narcea, Cangas de Onis, Covadonga (Cangas de Onis), Grade, Lastres (Colunga), Llanes, Luanco (Gozón), Miranda (Avilés), Pravia, Nava, Salas, Tapia de Casariego, Villanueva de Oscos and Piantón (Vegadeo).

Easter Monday and Tuesday Holy Week continues in Avilés and Pola de Siero, with its multitudinous and declared festivals of Regional Tourist Interest. The Bollu Festival in Avilés Easter Monday, is a culinary event and an exaltation of folklore and the Asturian costume. The Feast of the Pinot Eggs, Easter Tuesday in Pola de Siero, is a party in which the streets are filled with stalls selling eggs painted in watercolor, inks, lamps, with regional motifs, allusive to politics, comedians ... The party is very populous and consists of in strolling, giving each other eggs, going to cider houses and folixa.

Polar Eggs by Pola de Siero

Bollu Party in Avilés


Another attraction of the Asturian Holy Week is the food, which takes shape in a good number of gastronomic with spring products and obliged traditional recipe dishes. We have the Festival de la Marañuela, a sweet artisan, in Luanco, or the Days of the Pixín (Rape) in Muros del Nalón and San Esteban de Pravia; the Taramundi Cheese Contest, the Jornadas del Cordero in Muniello (Gozón); the gastronomic days of the Mejillón in the Barzenas (Castrillón) or those of the Bacalao in Salinas. Among many other appointments of culinary interest.

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