Why Monday, 21st May, is a holiday, and where it is celebrated
As you may already know, this Monday, 21st May is a bank holiday in Barcelona and some other localities of Spain. This holiday has a religious origin, adapted in its own way in each of those localities. The holiday celebrated that day is the Second Easter as we are used to know it, but it also has several other names, such as Easter of Pentecost, Pentecost, Easter Granada, Cinquagesma or Pasquetes. This year, the Pascua de Granada is celebrated on the 21st of May.
The holiday does not have a fixed date each year, because it is celebrated 50 days after the Easter Sunday – 49 days after the Easter Monday. This religious holiday always falls on Monday, specifically the day after the seventh Sunday after the Holy Week, also known as Whit Sunday. And just like all the religious festivities, it moves on the calendar each year.
In addition to Barcelona, other Spanish provincial capitals that have declared May 21st as non-working are Ciudad Real and Zamora. Nowadays, many of the municipalities celebrate the Second Easter with colourful parties and traditions. Second Easter is a Christian holiday, which commemorates the descent of the Holy Ghost upon the disciples of Jesus Christ, according to the New Testament of the Bible.
What is the celebration like?
In Barcelona this holiday is celebrated in a special way in some of the city neighbourhoods. In Barceloneta and El Raval, there is a celebration called Cors Muts. The party of the Cors Muts is a popular celebration deeply rooted in some neighborhoods of Barcelona that takes place on Easter Monday Granada and the previous weekend. The celebration is about locals of the neighbourhoods, mostly men, organizing parades on those days and different acts, like humorous choirs.
On the Saturday before Pentecost, the choirs, organize a group and leave the city to spend a weekend together, in a totally festive atmosphere, accompanied by food and drinks. Before leaving, however, they make a parade through the neighborhood to dismiss neighbors and relatives dressed in funny burlesque clothes, hats and carrying huge toy axes, gallows and other tools . And on Monday afternoon, when they return, they organize a big parade where the choir members go out at night.
There is not much than this going on, as the overall tradition is very peaceful. If you are religious or simply respect the religious traditions, you may find it interesting, and if not, just enjoy the holiday with the locals that have a day-off and most probably will head to the beach.
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