Easter is regarded as the most important of holy days by Christians, and in Andorra it is celebrated with two holidays on Good Friday and Easter Monday.
|2020||10 Apr||Fri||Good Friday|
|13 Apr||Mon||Easter Monday|
|2021||2 Apr||Fri||Good Friday|
|5 Apr||Mon||Easter Monday|
|2022||15 Apr||Fri||Good Friday|
|18 Apr||Mon||Easter Monday|
The date of the holiday changes each year based on the centuries-old calculations that determine the Christian Ecclesiastical Calendar, such that the date of Easter Sunday can be anytime between 22 March and 25 April.
Andorra, like neighbouring Spain, tends to take Easter Week very seriously. It is a time when deep religious convictions and longstanding traditions are given full expression in public life.
Although there are special church services where people carry palm fronds on Palm Sunday, the main events get underway on Maundy Thursday in Andorra. At midnight that Thursday, which means it is also the first moment of Good Friday, a regal drumbeat bursts forth. This is called “the breaking of the hour”. Literally thousands of drummers beat in unison, and later that night, other drummers climb a mountain to the San Macario Shrine to spend time in prayer under the glare of torchlight.
Early Friday morning, religious processions move through the villages and towns of Andorra. Many travel the famed “stations of the cross” to re-enact Christ’s death. On Saturday night, the faithful eagerly await the break of Easter morning. This is the celebratory climate of Andorra this time of year, but engaging in skiing and other snow sports is also a popular activity during Easter Break in Andorra, since the snow season generally comes to an end around this time.