THE Spanish Royal Family attended Easter Sunday mass at the Cathedral, where they were welcomed by a crowd of more than 1'000 persons who applauded them as they arrived. King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia arrived in a red Volvo and Prince Felipe, his sister the Infanta Cristina and her husband Iñaki Urdangarin drove up in a grey BMW. They entered the Cathedral by the side door, as the main door is closed because of repairs, and they were welcomed by Bishop Teodor Ubeda and 11 of the 16 priests of the Cathedral chapter house. The last of the Easter processions were held in many towns and villages, and, in Palma, at the Cathedral and the church of Santa Eulalia.
This is a joyful procession commemorating the meeting of the Resurrected Christ and His Mother.
Catalina Cirer, who is running for election as Mayor of Palma, carried one of the banners in the Santa Eulalia procession.
Other processions took place in Manacor, and Campos, where the band broke with tradition and refused to play the Spanish anthem, opting instead for music from Jesus Christ Superstar. Another Easter tradition was celebrated in many parts of the island yesterday, the Pancaritat, an opportunity to eat the last of the empanadas or lamb pies, usually at an oratory just outside the town. Celebrations were held at Pollensa, Muro, Selva, Mancor and Sant Elm.


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