Don’t miss the ‘Davallament’ in Pollensa this Easter Week

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March is already here and in 2016 it brings us the Easter Week celebrations.
For Pollensa it is a very special date, as on March 25 one of the most important religious ceremonies of the Easter Week in Mallorca will be celebrated in town.
The so-called “Davallament de sa Creu”, the Descent from the Cross, consists of unnailing a carving of Christ from the cross and leading it down the steps from the Calvary in a silent procession lit only by torches on Good Friday.
Pollensa may not be the only town carrying out this ceremony but it is for sure the most impressive one, taking place at the Oratory of the Calvary in Pollensa.
A medieval ceremony that lasted over the years will be held on Good Friday Eve and is one of the most anticipated traditions of the year in Pollensa.
Together with the procession in Felanitx the “Davallament” is one of the oldest annual processions in Mallorca. Its origin dates back to the Middle Ages, the time of the Knights Templar.
The 13th-century carving of Jesus Christ is carried down from the Oratory of the Calvary, located on a hill, in the silence of the night upon sunset and led to the Mare de Déu dels Ángels Parish Church. The characteristic image of this ceremony are the 365 steps flanked by cypress trees.
The carving is said to have been found by fishermen in the beautiful Cala San Vicente. Since 1860 the figure of the Puig del Calvari is in the hands of the Guillermo Cerdà family who is still guarding it today.
If you are in Mallorca during the Easter Week, we at Hotel Son Brull strongly recommend visiting the impressive processions of the island and especially this event in Pollensa.
The solemnness among the torches and the silent march are perceived as tragic, yet beautiful sensations, don’t miss this chance to assist one of these traditional Spanish events.