- Celebrate Maundy Thursday with a parade in Bilbao

February 14, 2010 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News
Breaking the news reveals that in the UK, many people probably look forward to Easter as an opportunity to take a few days off work and enjoy plenty of chocolate.

But for those staying in accommodation in Bilbao, the religious occasion may take on a decidedly louder and more vibrant form, especially if they are in the city on Maundy Thursday.

This year, the day falls on April 1st and is also known as Jueves Santo in Spain.

Of course, it is a national holiday and it is celebrated in true Spanish style with a fiesta and plenty of colourful parades in the country's cities.

As Remote Central notes, Maundy Thursday traditionally marks the Last Supper and in Bilbao, an "evening stroll through the backstreets of Casco Viejo is somewhat enhanced, if not a little delayed and diverted, by the processions of pasos".

These are decorated figures perched atop great wooden crosses which depict the final days of Christ's life and the many different parishes in the city each carry their own unique paso.

Commenting on Maundy Thursday Jessica Reading, head of marketing for LateRooms, said: "We strongly urge people thinking of going to Maundy Thursday and who need hoteles en Bilbao to book early to avoid disappointment"

Another Spanish town that likes to celebrate Maundy Thursday in style is Verges.

It marks the occasion with the traditional Dance of Death, or Dansa de la Mort, when people dress in luminescent skeleton costumes as a way of re-enacting scenes from the Passion.