Friday, April 11, 2014

A day to be seen

The 1th April is Domingo de Ramas or Palm Sunday as we know it. At 11:30am there will be a short service in the park followed by mass in the church. As in past years, hundreds of local people will turn out in the park but only a fraction of them will then enter the church for the full service.

This is as much a fashion show as it is a religious occasion because what we will see is the townsfolk dressed up in their Sunday best with their children in expensive new clothes. For those who want to compete in this fashion parade, a trip to Primark or even Zara will not suffice. For Domingo de Ramos they need to visit somewhere like  El Corte Inglés and buy the best they can afford.

In addition, many of the children will have palm decorations elaborated with ribbons and flowers to match the colour of their clothes. It is very much an occasion to show off and be seen by others.

Those of you who go down to the Plaza de la Constitución can expect to observe envious glances, false smiles and hear many comments made about the styles on show. Some will be bold and daring, others more restrained and classical. Whatever the style, all will be judged.  It will be a fascinating occasion for those who love people watching.

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