Palm Sunday Procession in Elche

Declared of International Tourist Interest

Holy Week celebrations begin in Elche on Palm Sunday, which was declared a Fiesta of International Tourist Interest.
Palm Sunday Procession in Elche
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  • Dates:
    • Starts: 20/03/2016
    • Ends: 20/03/2016
The day’s main act is the Palm Procession which in Elche is of especial significance due to the large number of blanched palm leaves produced in the city’s palm groves and borne through the streets by the faithful. 
The procession, commemorating Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem, has always had a large following and has become one of the most characteristic and popular expressions of Elx’s cultural identity. 
The first documented evidence concerning Diumenge de Rams, Palm Sunday, dates from 1371, when the Consell de la Vila, or Town Council, took part in the celebrations, distributing alms. 
Trade in blanched palm leaves was documented in an entry in the Town Hall records from 1492 and it has continued to the present day. For centuries blanched palm leaves from Elche have been exported to the entire Catholic world. 
Special mention must be made of the palm leaves that are entered in the blanched palm leaves handicraft contest. These leaves depict complex figures related to the events of Holy Week or Elche’s monuments and traditions. 
Elche’s Palm Sunday was declared a Fiesta of National Tourist Interest on July 14th 1988 and a Fiesta of International Tourist Interest on July 22nd 1997.
Sunday 20th March 2016
10:45 h. Paseo de la Estación Avenue: Blessing of the Palms and beginning of the Procession of Jesus Triumphant with thousands of participants bearing Blanched Palms. 
Itinerary: Paseo de la Estación, Diagonal del Palau, Puente de Altamira, Avenida de la Comunitat Valenciana, Puente de Canalejas, Plaça de Baix, Corredora, Ample, Uberna, Plaza del Congreso Eucarístico, Basílica de Santa María.
At the end, Solemn Mass. 
Friday 18th and Saturday 19th March 2016
Trade in blanched palm leaves was documented in an entry in the Town Hall records from 1492 and it has continued to the present day. The blanched palm market is held on the two days prior to the procession, from 9:00 to 21:00 h., at:
Plaça de Baix (Town Hall) 
Plaza Barcelona
Plaza Madrid
Mercado de Sant Josep
Plaza Altabix
Plaza Castilla
Torrellano (C/ La Llibertat) (only Friday morning)
La Hoya (only Friday morning)
Sunday 20th March 2016
From 9:00 to 13:00 h.: Next to the Tourist Info
Saturday 19th March 2016
From 17:00 to 21:00 in the Hermitage of San Sebastian, White Palms Exhibition for the White Palm Handicraft Contest.

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