FESTA DO CORPUS CHRISTI DE REDONDELA, COS EVENTOS CELEBRATIVOS DA COCA, AS PENLAS E A DANZA DAS ESPADAS

Tourist Interest
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On the Way of St. James
Dates of celebration: 19/06 - 23/06

Location

Redondela - Pontevedra

Coordinates:
42º 16' 54.9" N - 8º 36' 33.0" W

Description

A Eucharistic festival that was particularly popular in seafaring towns and villages and during the Renaissance period, combining the rituals of the medieval guilds with even more ancient elements in the traditional dances. This is the day when the young locals parade around the streets with Coca, a mythical dragon out to capture the prettiest girls in the town. They form the head of the Corpus procession, and behind them come the giants and giant-headed characters, and other fictional figures from the tales told by travellers on their way eastwards, re-creating the essence of a paratheatrical formula in the town. On leaving the church and coming to the crossroads, they stage a Sword Dance in the presence of the Holy Sacrament, accompanied by gaiteiros, (pipers), followed by the Dance of the Penlas - adult women dressed in white who dance round in a ring with young girls balancing on their shoulders. The Holy Sacrament makes its way in procession around the town, followed by the fourteen parish crosses, walking on the floral carpets painstakingly created by the local inhabitants the night before and which decorate the cobbled streets. The air is heavy with incense and the music of the regions famous bands and pipers, and as night falls there is a spectacular fireworks display.

The Ways of St. James

Portiguese Route
Portiguese Route by coast

Further features

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