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The Volatín and Angel Easter celebrations

  • A child from Tudela removes the veil covering the image of the Virgin, during the traditional Descent of the Angel © EFE

    A child from Tudela removes the veil covering the image of the Virgin, during the traditional Descent of the Angel © EFE

  

Category

Festivity of National Tourist Interest

Dates

Apr 11, 2020 to Apr 12, 2020
Tudela
Navarre

On the final days of Easter week, Tudela, in Navarre, holds its Volatín and Ángel celebrations, a custom that dates back to the Middle Ages.

At 10am on Holy Saturday the Volatín (a wooden/rag doll with a cigar/firework in its mouth) is publicly shaken and burned. Once set alight, the doll is shaken and shaken until it falls to the ground, destroyed. It is a simple ceremony that commemorates the suicide of Judas, the apostle who betrayed Jesus to the Romans.

At 9am on Easter Sunday is the Bajada del Ángel, that brings together thousands of people in Plaza de los Fueros Square. Here, a child dressed as an angel flies through the air towards a statue of the Virgin Mary, whose head is covered by a black cloth, a sign of mourning for the death of Jesus. The angel removes the cloth, an expression of joy for the resurrection of Christ.

  

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