Colours of Religion in Valencia

December 20, 2011 · 1 comment

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It is nice and useful to read in a travel blog about your chosen destination but it is fantastic when you live the experience. This is what I felt in Valencia, the prehistoric city of Spain. In addition to the famous festival of Las Fallas numerous other events fire up the life of Valencia. Like the Hogueras of San Juan, an event with a national scope. It is held in memory of St. John on June 24 where all the people of Valencia flow along the beaches, celebrating with fires and logging on the sand. The festivities extend to other major Spanish cities such as Alicante and La Coruña. The ancient origin is related to the summer solstice, when the days begin to lengthen and the temperatures rise.

Festival in Valencia, Spain

Festival in Valencia, Spain

Another major event to Valencian is the commemoration of its patron saint, San Vicente Ferrer. The celebration involves the entire city center and takes place just after Easter week. The Valencians are directed on a pilgrimage to the house where the saint was born, now used as a chapel for worship. Now there is a cockpit, from which water is drawn for the children to drink. At the same time, in thirteen different places in Valencia the same children pose at the altars symbolizing the miracles that St. Vincent has made in life.

Another San Vicente, however, will be honored on January 22. A great procession from the Church to cross and touch the places where he was martyred. Then a final ceremony is celebrated, where many people participate. Certainlythe celebration of Easter could not be left out. It takes place in Marinera Semana Santa, aka the Holy Week. As the name suggests, the festival is more celebrated in places of the sea in Valencia. Someone lives moments of strong participation, as the procession dedicated to the Palm, the Tomb of the most majestic and finally the day of Resurrection.

In spring, in the second week of May, the figure pays homage to another patron of Valencia, which is the Lady of the Forsaken. In the early morning, the statue of the Virgin Mary is carried from the Basilica to the Cathedral. The journey is better known as El Traslado. La Peregrina then, after several hours, goes through the main streets dotted with thousands of flower petals.
Not even the summer is free from events. In the month of July there is the typical Fair, where they sell many local products. In the final days of the month the Valencians take part in the Batalla de Flores, where carnations and other flowers paint the streets with spectacular choreography.

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SushiMon December 23, 2011 at 3:06 AM

I love Spain. The feeling you get when you are there, the history, the people.

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