The town people of Ibiza do not dare give in to the usual hedonistic partying during Semana Santa or Holy Week. This time is marked with solemn and vivid processions that culminate on Holy Thursday and Good Friday.
Semana Santa begins with Domingo de Ramos or Palm Sunday, which is celebrated by the blessing of palm and olive branches. This day honors the triumphal entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem. More processions follow in the next days. The biggest procession in Ibiza Town takes place on Good Friday when church brotherhoods members walk from the Cathedral through Dalt Vila.
Fervent Catholics worship their Saints by carrying the holy statues. They are hiding their faces under hoods of various shapes with the holes cut out only for their eyes. Some say the identity is meant to be hidden to express the great respect towards the statues, others explain that the sinners do not want to show their faces.
The overall atmosphere in Ibiza during Easter festivities is quite expressive and worth seeing. Processions are followed with the music concerts that continue until the very night of Easter Saturday. Joyful festivities peak on Easter Sunday and carry on for the next few days.