On Maundy Thursday Verges celebrates a procession to commemorate the Passion of Christ. The event has its own original elements, such as the illumination of Caragols street with oil lamps made from snail shells, and the Dance of Death.
The origin of the Dance of Death dates back to the High Middle Ages and recreates the inevitability of death. Five dancers dressed as skeletons participate, accompanied by the rhythmic and repetitive sound of the drum and the dim lighting of torches. The capdanserabre opens and leads the dance, turning around with a large scythe, the banderer carries a black flag and is accompanied by two other skeletons each carrying a saucer of ashes in their hands and, finally, a last skeleton carries a watch symbolising the unpredictability of the arrival of death.
See full report: 'La Processó de Verges'.