El Rocio in Catalonia

The Romería de El Rocío is a tradition from Andalucía consisting in a  procession / pilgrimage on the second day of the Pentecost to the Hermitage of El Rocío in the countryside of AlmonteProvince of HuelvaAndaluciaSpain, in honor of the Virgin of El Rocío. In recent years the Romería has brought together roughly a million pilgrims each year.

The pilgrimage dates from 1653, when the Virgin of Las Rocinas was appointed patron saint of Almonte. Originally it took place on 8 September. Since 1758, the Virgin has been known as the Virgin of El Rocío, and the pilgrimage has taken place on the second day of Pentecost.

These pictures are from El Rocío in Catalunya (Catalonia), where many people from Andalucia was immigrated and their traditions was integrated in the Country.  The “Hermandades” (Different local organizations), prepare a pilgrimage in a local Church. The Festivity is 4 days, Arrival of the figure of the Virgin, Pilgrimage, Celebration and Farewell, here are related the four days. A work I’ve shoot in the year 2015 on the celebration of this Festivity in the Catalan City of Montcada i Reixac

FIRST DAY: ARRIVAL

The figure of the Virgin arrives

The people is already celebrating while they wait the arrival

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

The figure of the Virgin is transported with a truck, this is the moment of the arrival

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

A lot of demonstrations of joy and emotion are given

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

All the people is almost “fighting” to have the right and the honor to carry the figure of the Virgin

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

In the way to the installed Campaign Church

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

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El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

Emotion and expectation ….

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

Once the figure of the Virgin is installed the people sings and pray

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

The devotes are really moved, it is plenty of exciting moments

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

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These men are singing and saying something to the figure of the Virgin

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

Singing to the figure of the Virgin 

SECOND DAY: THE PILGRIMAGE

Very early on the morning a Mass is celebrated  and the pilgrimage start, it is a way through the mountain of about 15 Km (about 10 Milles).

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El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

Charging on a truck everything for the long way

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Lots of fun sharing a hot coffee

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This is the horse to have to follow the way of the pilgrimage

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El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

The Mass is followed with devotion

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

The Mass is with typical choral music and guitar, these groups are called “Rocieros”

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El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

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A Lady typically dressed

Lluis Ripoll Querol

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The “Rocieros” start to dance before to initiate the long way. Dance, Guitar, Tambour, Singers are the elements of this great Fiesta

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

Already on the way ….

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El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

Lluis Ripoll Querol

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

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El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

A time to rest and have a breakfast

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

Some water on the way ….

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

Music and joy of life is always present during the way

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

Lluis Ripoll Querol

Another stop on the way to rest and have some drinks…

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El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

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This is a religious festivity, at noon the caravan stop for the pray of the Angelus

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In a stop on the way they proceed to a symbolic baptism of the new members of the “Hermandad”.

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El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

THE ARRIVAL TO THE CAMP where the “casetas” are installed as well the figure of the Virgin. This moment is very exciting, all the people receive the pilgrims with applause, bells, tambour, music, songs….. It is moment with a lot of exciting scenes and emotion.

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El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

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El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

This couple shows perfectly the emotion and devotion of the moment

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El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

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El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

The people is tired after the long way

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Singing and praying to the figure of the Virgin

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

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El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

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El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

A kid is playing with a gun

THIRD DAY: THE CELEBRATION

This day is only for rest and have fun

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

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El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

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El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

Another symbolic baptism

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

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Lluis Ripoll Querol

Patienting ….

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

Praying to the figure of the Virgin

Oraci—n

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And offering candles

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

The children are playing as it is usual

Timeless Children

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

And the people in the casetas continue enjoying the Fiesta

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FOURTH DAY: THE FAREWELL

On this Day the figure of the Virgin visit every “Hermandad”, it is the farewell and the people give flowers, applauses, songs and lots of emotion

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

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As always, there is agglomeration of people trying to carry the figure of the Virgin

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

It is a tradition put the children and touch the figure of the Virgin

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

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Another child touching the figure of Virgin

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

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This woman is dedicating a song to the figure of the Virgin

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

This young lady is crying … lots of emotion…

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

Farewell Hugs

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

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El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

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El ROCIO, Montcada i Reixac (Catalunya), 2015

Still more tears….

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Last farewell ….

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And last farewell song

© 2015 Lluis Ripoll, All Rights Reserved

Contact: lluisripollphotography@gmail.com

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I would like specially mention and say my gratitude to the Hermandad “El Pastorcillo Divino”, that they allowed me and gave all the facilities to register these images.

 

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