The Good Friday Procession, or Procession de la Sanch (transl. “Procession of the Blood”) is an annual event that still takes place in Perpignan, having originated in the 1400’s. It was later adopted by some of the surrounding villages including Collioure. The procession is a re-enactment of the Passion of Christ, where Penitents parade through barricaded streets in Perpignan for several hours, bearing heavy statues, sometimes in bare feet, and wearing long gowns of black or red, each with a tall and pointed hood and face mask.Perpignan – The Procession de la Sanch
After the dark religious meaning of Good Friday, and in keeping with French gourmet reputation, food and celebrations take centre stage. Local bakeries often display fantastic hand-crafted chocolate figurines at Easter time.
A lottery-draw is being held for the extra-special Easter Egg in the Argeliers bakery pictured above. The lucky winner will either have to be dedicated to eat all of it, or, will find a big group of chocolate-loving friends!
If you’re in the Languedoc, don’t miss this special event. Happy Easter to you, wherever you may be!