Easter 2021 in Mallorca joins the list of events canceled due to the pandemic. It is already the second consecutive year without this celebration. The bishop of Mallorca, Sebastià Taltavull, has signed a decree that cancels any manifestation of popular piety to Lent, Holy Week and Easter that takes place outside the churches. This confirms the cancellation of the 2021 Holy Week processions in Mallorca.
In this way, any act of devotion and piety during Lent and Holy Week may only take place inside churches, always respecting health regulations, capacity and personal distance.
The traditional images of the most important procession in Palma, that of the Crist de la Sang, will not be possible this Holy Thursday. Neither do other traditional celebrations of Holy Week in Mallorca, as is the case in Pollença. According to municipal sources, everything indicates that there will not be the traditional ‘Davallament’ of the Cross on the 365 steps of Calvary. Although it is still early and it will try to offer a “more digital” program with which the public, at least, is aware of the liturgical acts that can be scheduled.
Easter in Mallorca: with or without tourism?
Meanwhile, the tourism sector is still pending whether it will be possible to reactivate the arrival of travelers at Easter 2021 in Mallorca. Recently, the president of the Mallorca Hotel Business Federation (FEHM), María Frontera, spoke of the need to “gradually lift the restrictions. If the evolution of the figures allows it to gradually reopen, it must be done.”
The de-escalation, which has already been announced that it will be slow in the Balearic Islands, still does not answer the big question for the sector. When will the reactivation begin? With the cancellation of the Holy Week processions in Mallorca, a week after Menorca did the same, it seems less likely that it will coincide with Holy Week.