Springtime is the season for a number of major religious festivities, here and elsewhere.
Mallorca is celebrating Easter now, today being sa Festa de Pasqua or Easter Sunday. Pasqua signifies the end of a 40 day long period of Cuaresma (Lent or fasting). Celebrations have been going on all week since Diumenge del Rams (Domingo de Ramos, or Palm Sunday) and will continue tomorrow, Monday (Segona Festa de Pasqua) and Tuesday (Tercera Festa de Pasqua). Some pueblos also celebrate next Wednesday (Dimecres de Pasqua). Many Mallorcans will celebrate the Diumenge de l’Àngel festivities next Sunday when Pasqua celebrations will come to an end. Molts d’anys.
This year the Russian Orthodox religion celebrates Easter on April 19th (next Sunday). Eastern Orthodox Pascha festivities often do not coincide with the dates of Easter celebrations in the West. Happy Easter.
Jehova’s Witnesses in Mallorca, or everywhere for that matter, do not celebrate Easter as such but, instead, observe the anniversary of the Last Supper on Dijous Sant (Jueves Santa, or Maundy Thursday). Happy anniversary.
Three weeks ago, the Islamic world celebrated Mawlid an-Nabī, the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. For some reason, the thousands of Moroccans in Mallorca do not seem to have joined in the festivities, whereas they would have back home in Morocco, I am told. Perhaps one of the visitors to this blog could enlighten me further. Happy birthday.
The Jewish community is in the midst of celebrating Pesach or Passover, which began on the 15th day of Nisan (sunset of April 8th, this year) and will continue until April 15th/16th, if I am not mistaken. Happy Passover.
The faithful followers of Sikh will celebrate Baisakhi on April 13th/14th. Baisakhi is the anniversary of the birth of Khalsa, and as such one of the most significant holidays in the Sikh calendar. I do not know how many Sikh followers there are in Mallorca but I know that there are some. Happy Baisakhi.
Vaisakhi is observed as the beginning of the Hindu solar new year celebrated by the people of Nepal as well as Indians in West Bengal, Tamilnadu, Kerala and some other regions of India. Again you can trust that there are sufficient numbers of members of the Hindu faith in Mallorca to warrant festive new year celebrations, here on this island. Happy New Year.
The tree in my photo must be a Prunus in full bloom. Which one, I could not ascertain.
The photo was taken near Portocolom (Felanitx), Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: March 26th, 2009. The time was 14:21:34.