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El Hierro - La Bajada de la Virgen

This is a religious, popular folk festival in remembrance of the route the shepherds took from the sculpture of the virgin to the capital of El Hierro.

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This is a religious folk celebration, evoking the journey made by the shepherds from the statue of the Virgin to the capital of El Hierro, asking her for rain in a time of great drought. Legend has it that the island experienced very heavy rain even before they reached their destination. She is given thanks for this miracle, and others. The festival takes place every four years, with people walking the distance between Valverde and Dehesa, stopping to pass on the image of the Virgin to the next carrier in each village. Groups of dancers from each municipality follow the procession, all clad in typical outfits, distinguishable from one another thanks to their brightly coloured hats. Nowadays, this festival also includes the election of the queen of the Bajada de la Virgen procession day, a title all of the ladies of El Hierro hope to achieve.

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El Hierro - LA BAJADA DE LA VIRGEN DE LOS REYES

El Hierro - LA BAJADA DE LA VIRGEN DE LOS REYES, Arts and culture, The Canary Islands licence creative commons
El Hierro - LA BAJADA DE LA VIRGEN DE LOS REYES © Jose Mesa
El Hierro - LA BAJADA DE LA VIRGEN DE LOS REYES, Arts and culture, The Canary Islands
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El Hierro - LA BAJADA DE LA VIRGEN DE LOS REYES, Arts and culture, The Canary Islands licence creative commons
El Hierro - LA BAJADA DE LA VIRGEN DE LOS REYES © Jose Mesa
, El Hierro - LA BAJADA DE LA VIRGEN DE LOS REYES, Arts and culture, The Canary Islands
El Hierro - LA BAJADA DE LA VIRGEN DE LOS REYES © Karol Kozlowski / 123RF
El Hierro - LA BAJADA DE LA VIRGEN DE LOS REYES, Arts and culture, The Canary Islands licence creative commons
El Hierro - LA BAJADA DE LA VIRGEN DE LOS REYES © Jose Mesa
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