Golgatha comes to Mallorca every year on Divendres Sant (Good Friday) in Palma, Pollença, Felanitx and Son Servera. The Passion of Christ is performed in these towns and villages as part of the Easter festivities, depicting various biblical scenes, some of them including the Last Supper, others showing the Crucifixion, or a combination of scenes. The Devallament in Felanitx offers the entire chain of events, culminating in the night-time Descent from the Cross, performed by lay actors from the local community.
I could show you tons of photographs taken from the Felanitx performance over the years but that would defeat the purpose of this blog. Instead I offer you a before shot and an after shot of the wooden cross that the Jesus impersonator was nailed to, and taken off from at the end of it all. I hope you’ll agree with my choice.
If not, I would suggest that you tune into the Mallorcan IB3 TV station today or tomorrow. The entire spectacle was recorded on camera by the IB3 team, as well as by the folks from Canal+. The BBC did not make it I don’t think.
Last night, the Devallament in Felanitx was followed by the Procesión del Entierro and ultimately, the symbolic burial of Jesus Christ. Come next year if you can. It is worth every penny, and it’s for free.
The photos were taken in Felanitx, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: April 10th, 2009. The time was 12:27:29 and 22:00:31, respectively.