Alcañiz, in the province of Teruel, is one of the nine villages that make up the Route of the Tambor and the Bombo(drums).
During the Easter week celebrations, the sound of drums can be heard in every corner of these villages in the south of the Aragón Region. On Good Friday, at around 1pm, the procession of the Prégon (announcement) gets underway, with thousands of drummers accompanying religious images through the village streets. That same day, in the evening, the Soledad procession is held: the drums beat out an atmosphere of sadness and devotion, and their sound continues right through the night, creating a unique noise. The drum rolls can be heard on Easter Saturday too, accompanying the Santo Entierro procession, where you can see Jews, Roman guards, biblical figures and women dressed in traditional regional costumes, carrying “tortas benditas” (blessed cakes). With the ceremony of the “closing of the tomb”, in memory of Christ’s sepulchre, the drums stop beating until the following year.
Public events and ceremonies may be very different to usual due to healthcare guidelines during the pandemic.