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The season of romerias

Friday, June 13th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_14103" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="A flower-festooned wagon passes the Giralda in Seville."] [/caption] [caption id="attachment_14116" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="The simpecado visits the Ayuntamiento (Town Hall)."] [/caption] [caption id="attachment_14105" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="The insignia of the Seville hermandad of El Rocio."] [/caption] Groups, or hermandades[caption id="attachment_14106" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Groups of rocieros are always accompanied by drummers ...

Mini-romeria

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Yesterday was our local mini-romeria - the main one took place a few weeks ago, with the whole town being decorated with brightly coloured paper, and streams of elegantly dressed horsemen and women on their thoroughbreds processing down to Hacienda de Torrijos. [caption id="attachment_4206" align="aligncenter" width="433" caption="The chapel of Hacienda ...

Romero and romerias

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_3284" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Two rocieras and a rociero at the start of their pilgrimage from Triana to El Rocio"][/caption] Andalucia isn't short of ferias (each town's annual party) and fiestas (others celebrations) - there are plenty every month throughout the year. Many of these have religious roots - Semana Santa, saint's days, ...

Happy pilgrims – Romeria de Torrijos

Monday, October 11th, 2010

So, in the end, it did go ahead. Our local romeria - the Romeria de Torrijos, in Valencina de la Concepcion, near Seville - managed to avoid the rain (well, mostly). After the correctly-predicted torrential downpours of Saturday, yesterday had strange weather, some hot sunshine, but a chilly ...