Elche White Palm Market
The tradicional Elche White Palm Market will take place two days before Palm Sunday (on the 22nd, 23rd, and 24th March this year 2013). Elche is famous fot it´s palm trees which provide a large percentage of special blanched or white palms that are used throughout the world on Palm Sunday.
In many palm groves in and around Elche, the palm leaves spend most of the year wrapped in black plastic to starve them of sunlight and turn them from green to golden colour for use in the parades.
The palm leaves can be used just as they are cut , or crafted into intrincate designs. You can watch the craft people at work and buy their beautiful palm products.
This trading takes place in various city points. The main is in Square Plaza de Baix (beside the City Hall), and the others are in Plaza de Barcelona, Olaza de Madrid, Mercado del Pla de San José, Plaza de Castilla Y Plaza de Altabix.