The Holy Week in Braga is the most impressive and attractive of all the other holy weeks held in Portugal. Declared “Interest for Tourism” since 2012, the Holy Week in Braga, whose historic origins are not fully well-known, moves thousands of people every year. The city is filled with allusive decorations and the street altars – the “Passos” – are brimming with flowers and lights, showing the magnificence that the churches present.
During the Holy Week in Braga, churches are adorned with flowers on the altars and tribunes, the main door is filled with candles and imposing purple curtains. At the churches entrance it is possible to find people selling “Rebuçados do Senhor” – little candies wrapped up in colorful papers –, a tradition that the locals are committed to preserve.
The festivities begin before Holy Week, with “Lausperene”, during the Lenten Season. The religious celebrations start with the procession of “Trasladação do andor do Senhor de Passos”, in which people transport the image of “Senhor dos Passos” from the Church of Santa Cruz towards the Church of Seminário. This event takes place on the Saturday before Palm Sunday and the festivities end on Resurrection Sunday – the Easter day.
If you are not fond of processions, don’t you worry – at Holy Week in Braga there are activities for every taste! Even though the processions are the more important events during this season, the Holy Week in Braga organizing committee organizes a vast cultural program every year, besides the religious events. There are a lot of stuff to do or to see in various spots of the city, including exhibitions, conference cycles, street animations, guided visits, cinema cycles and concerts. See the program for 2019's edition.
Since you are still here and now that you know a little bit more about Braga and the Holy Week, come with UNIQ. and let yourself dive into Easter’s magical spirit in this amazing Portuguese city.
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