Although there are other religions and faiths present in Valencia, it is majorly a Roman Catholic city. Proof of this are its holidays that are mostly related, if not, about the people’s Catholic faith. Here, let us go check out the various celebrations Valencianos have that manifest their strong faith – something you should not miss when you travel to Valencia.
A commemoration of Christ’s death and resurrection, the Holy Week in Valencia is concentrated in Poblados Maritimos’ coastal area. When you visit Valencia during this time, expect three major ceremonies to be held; the Palms Gathering, Holy Burial Procession, and the Resurrection Procession. As part of the Holy Week activities, guilds from all over the city dress up as Bible characters – from Pilate to Herod, the Apostles, and the Holy Women. Then to the clamor of bells, these characters then parade around a designated route. Easter is celebrated in a lively and festive mood.
The Holy Week activities will many any weekend in Valencia memorable enough.
Feast of San Vicente Ferrer
A week following Easter, Valencianos gather once again to pay homage to San Vicente Ferrer, their patron saint. The home of San Vicente– which was turned into a museum – takes the center of attention during this event as it showcases the extravagant ceramic interior of Valencia and of course, the saint’s life. Outside the altar with the portrait of the saint, a ceremony is held where flowers are offered.
Not to be missed during the feast are the street altars which will serve as stage for the children below the age of 13 performing the many miracles of San Vicente in the city. Here you will witness the talents of Valencia’s little performers.
Our Lady of the Forsaken Festival
Honoring Virgen de los Desamparados or the Our Lady of the Forsaken, a concert is held at the Plaza de la Virgen and fireworks are displayed in the city’s riverside every second Sunday of May. These, along with the showcase of Valencia’s traditional dances and an open-air mass complete the festival.
For tourists, the feast is also an opportunity to get hold of Valencia’s traditional terracotta and ceramic goods at the Plaza de la Reina.
The Feast of Virgen de la Salud or the Virgin of Good Health, held mid-September is a chance for visitors to get a glimpse of the city’s talented acrobats known as muixeranga in Spanish. Forming breath-taking human pyramids, it is no wonder why this event is the highlight of the festival.
As a religious event, the festival would not be complete without processions and masses. Wines and local food are also served for everyone.
These are just four of the many festivals and holidays in Valencia that manifest its Roman Catholic religion. If you stay longer in the city, you’ll discover how the natives embraced and live their beliefs.