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A description of life in Pruna, a village in the Andalusian mountains

The delightful Spanish village of Pruna and all the facts and fancies you need to know so as to enjoy Pruna to the full

First Sunday, every May, the Romeria, unmissable
23 March 2017 @ 21:44


Technically speaking a Romeria is a pilgrimage, the name stems from long pilgrimages going to Rome. In Andalusia it means a procession of carts, walkers, and people on horseback, in local costume, walking towards a hermitage or other sanctuary, while carrying an image of Mary, Mother of God

Pruna goes wild for their Romeria, the whole weekend is a riot of partying, dancing, flamenco, and drinking. The day itself starts early at the church as the prepared float of Mary leaves the church, literally to fanfare. Mary is represented as a young shepherdess. There is then the very slow walk up through the winding roads, by the whole village, into the hills and evertually arriving at the hemitage. Mary is removed from the float (which is pulled by flower strewn oxen), and placed into the tiny church. There mass is performed and believers can take the eucharist. 

After the mass the party starts, an it will last all day. Families have tents and serve food. Spontaneous dancing, guitar playing, and flamenco singing ring through the air. As dusk falls many will walk back down to the village for more partying and mingling with family and friends. Mary will be brought back to the village late in the evening by the young people of the village.

Be warned, on this day, during the day, only one bar is open!! Bar Campo in the morning, and Bar Rincon in the afternoon. In the evening the villagers return in drifts to the centre where there is a funfair and all the bars are open, staff in very good moods but a tad the worse for wear. Do not expect quick service.

2017 Romeria is 7 May. A day to write in diaries.


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