From Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, thousands of people flock to the city to attend the numerous processions that take place on the streets of Madrid. The atmosphere created by the rolling drums, trumpets and the hundreds of religious worshippers' in bright and colourful attire is the hallmark of Easter in Madrid.
Madrid commemorates the Passion and death of Jesus Christ as part of the celebration that represents the mystery of his salvation. Churches and basilicas schedule religious music concerts, whilst numerous brotherhoods take part in processions they have been preparing for all year long and the city's best restaurants and cake shops serve and sell typical Easter dishes, such as torrijas (French toast) or potaje de garbanzas (chick pea stew).
The delicate effigies are adorned with numerous candles, flowers and elaborate embroidered cloaks to be brought out and carried in processions through areas of the city, such as Paseo del Prado, Calle de Alcalá or the Plaza Mayor, accompanied by Nazarenes and costaleros (float carriers) of the different brotherhoods.