It has been a busy month around here: first there was the weekend of the asparagus fiesta, the weekend after that many youngsters had their First Holy Communion and the Holy Week followed by Easter was next. As one cannot visit the First Holy Communion party of the neighbour if your own child celebrates his it is split in several tranches, so last weekend it was part 2.
And this weekend it is all about the Romeria here in Alcala. Romeria stood originally for a pilgrimage.
The Caños Santos Pilgrimage is celebrated every May 1st and dates back at least to the 17th century. A fiesta (although some religious people would deny that it is such a pagan activity) with a very strong popular participation. The whole town makes “the way” in family groups and friends and the tour, already, is a party. Carts decked with flowers and garlands of colors, tractors, cars, horses and many make the way on foot, behind the carriage of the Virgin, softening the long climb – know be me by now when biking there…- with cants. Most the participants do it in order to have a pleasant and Andalusian- social field trip. The families come with all kinds of food and beverages and no one is left without eating, because they all carry more than they can consume making invitations of all the delicacies to our visitors.
Once the statue of the Virgin has been put at its parking spot in the chapel at the Caños Santos monastery the other side of the – until that moment devote – Alcaladeños comes out, as well as the beer, wine and music!
Not too much of course as the next reason for a celebration is never far away here in the the country under the sun.