Easter Traditions in Spain: Las Monas de Pascua

Semana Santa (Holy Week) for Christians is a special time in Spain. Although the reputedly religious South of Spain is more well-known for its Easter traditions, pastry shop windows in Barcelona will be filled with las monas de pascua for the occasion.

Las monas de pascua are hollow chocolate sculptures that symbolize the coming of spring. The most simple is a plain chocolate egg. Almost all of them are adorned with chick figurines and feathers. Godfather’s will give a mona to their godchild on Easter Sunday to enjoy after lent. The chocolate creations are then eaten the following day, día de la mona, which is a public holiday throughout the country. Good Friday is also a holiday and because of the long weekend, many locals go on vacation and are out of the city.

Trending Monas in 2017

There are always monas de pascua for the latest children’s movies and trends of the year. This year Pokémon is very popular and for obvious reasons, I was super happy to see Moana was a hit as well! Here are two variations of Moana monas (try and say that 10 times fast):

Moana mona de la pascua
Isn’t her canoe just great?
Another Moana mona de pascua
Killer whale eating a cake? I still love the colors of this one and the inclusion of Hei Hei and Pua though.

I just got a chance to see the live action Beauty and the Beast movie with Emma Watson yesterday. It was great! No wonder the Disney classic was another trending mona this year. Just take a look at this white chocolate castle.

Beauty and the Beast mona

The classics

There are a few monas that always get featured year after year. These include Barça players, the Smurfs (not sure why this one is so popular), superheroes, animals, and castles with medieval scenes.

Barça Monas
Barça is always a big one!
Tiger mona
Is it just me or does this tiger look pretty sad to be stuck in its box?
Batman mona de pascua
Batman mona with a cape and all!

Variety of monas on Rambla Catalunya

For more about Easter traditions in Spain, take a look at my post here. Have a lovely holiday!


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