The festival of Nuestra Señora de la Virgen del Pino and San Roque
Vinuesa, Soria, Castille y leon
14 to 18 of August
The festivals of the patron saint of Vinuesa, in Soria, are based around the pine, a tree which has been of great importance in the area and is seen as a sign of identification, so much so that the patron saint bears the name: Nuestra Señora de la Virgen del Pino.
The Pingada del Mayo marks the beginning of the popular festival, which has been declared of touristic interest in Castilla y León, and which has its origins in the disputes between the people of Vinuesa and those of the neighbouring village of Covaleda over the great pinewood that separates the two villages.
The dispute was increased when the image of Nuestra Señora de la Virgen del Pino appeared inside the trunk of a tree that had its roots in the territory of one village and its branches in the territory of the other.
In the end the quarrel was settled by giving the rights of the pinewood to Covaleda, and the image of the Virgin to the people of Vinuesa.
On 14th August, the town celebrates the Pingada del Mayo. The festivities consist in mounting two enormous pine trunks measuring about thirty metres as a symbol of fertility, in front of the hermitage in the middle of Plaza Mayor. At dusk the Mayoress offers the saint a candle in the name of the whole village. She is accompanied by two men, also bearing burning oil candles.
On the 15th, the day is centred around a procession and the mass that is held in honour of the patron saints of the village; and the two fraternities of the village, of San Roque and of Nuestra Señora en el Campo Verde, perform dances.
Aside from the Pingada, on the 16th the Pinochada is another of the most emblematic parts of the festival. All the women of the village, from the youngest to the oldest, dress up in the traditional costume and form a procession carrying pine branches.
This is the day that represents the dispute between the two villages, and the two fraternities, of Nuestra Señora del Pino and of San Roque, one for married men and the other for single men, respectively, re-enact a symbolic fight.
In the end the married men win, and the women start to hit everybody with the pine branches. The festival continues throughout the day with different events.
The two remaining days are reserved for the bulls.
On 17th, the bullfights are held. On the morning of 18th the square becomes an improvised centre for bullfights with young bulls, greasy pole matches and games for the children, as well as the typical trunk cutting contest for the locals and visitors to show off their skills.
At 7.00 it is time for the traditional Caldereta or stew in El Regajo, a spot surrounded by pine trees. The stew is made from the meat of the bulls from the fights and shared by everybody. The meal is followed by merry-making, and the traditional bangs bring the end to the festival until the following year. Best Entertainment in Spain. Best Events in Spain.
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Oficina de Información Turística de Soria
Calle Medinaceli, 2
42002 Soria (Castile-Leon)
Patronato Provincial de Turismo de Soria
42002 Soria (Castile-Leon)
Fundación Siglo, para el Turismo y las Artes de Castilla y León
Paseo de Filipinos 1, 1ª planta
47007 Valladolid (Castile-Leon)
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