Rosario de la Aurora

At the end of December, at the inhospitable time of 6:30am it was raining, but that didn’t stop the traditional Rosario del la Aurora taking place. This tradition has been going since the San José village church.
The procession, made up of young musicians bearing such traditional instruments as lutes and bandurrias and enthusiastic locals, sets off from the church.
El Rosario, as you might have guest, is the effigy of La Virgen that is kept in the church, and who probably wasn’t that keen about being dragged out into the dark and rain at 6.30am – all in a day’s work in the life of a plaster or wooden virgin, I guess.
The tradition, mind you, goes back long before the new church was built and historians believe that it was brought to the village by Franciscan monks (with a sense of humour, no doubt), who taught the local fishermen the idea. As if the fishermen didn’t have better things to do, but you really don’t want to get on the wrong side of Franciscan monks, do you… one of them used to be James Bond, remember?

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