Many towns celebrate festivals, all of religious origin, in which all the residents participate genuinely. Some have been declared heritage Festivals of National Interest due to their cultural and historical importance.

Verges is a small town in Girona and every Easter it turns in the scene of a true historical gem: The Dance of Death is a tradition from the Middle Ages when it was associated with epidemics of plagues. At the time of the Middle Ages, death was very close to the population and it was considered that the only way to overcome it, was through Christianity, then very present in this region of Empordà.

Ten skeletons dance to the beat of a drum to remember that no one is exempt form his last day in this world. The scenario is key to this macabre staging, in a medieval town of just over one thousand inhabitants in the province of Girona, with a classic square surrounded by narrow streets and lit by torchlight. The dance takes place at night when darkness casts the shadows of the skeletons, it is a part of a procession, but it’s the distinguishing feature that generates the influx of thousands of onlookers.

In the rest of Girona you can also enjoy other celebrations, on Maundy Wednesday and Good Friday, a group of Roman soldiers called the Manaies of Girona parade through the streets to the sound of music. Legend has it that this tradition began on the night of Jesus’ death, when Pontius Pilate sent the legionaries to check whether the Messiah had risen from the dead.

 

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