The Procession of the Sanch – Good Friday
The Abbey of Arles-sur-Tech is the see of the venerable Brotherhood of the Sanch, founded in 1416 by Saint Vincent Ferrer.
Every Good Friday The Black Penitents organise a night procession through the streets of the village carrying artifacts from the Abbey representing scenes from the Passion of the Christ.
Many of the villagers create shrines in their windows in front of which the lead figure stops, rings a hand bell and chants a blessing.
This spectacular event is watched by hundreds of visitors who fill the streets of Arles sur Tech. Old hands ensure they have booked at table at the Hotel Glycine for a late dinner after the procession.
For full detials of this and other events see Festivities in Arles sur Tech.