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La Velá de Don Benito

On the occasion of the festivity in honour of La Virgen de las Cruces (Our Lady of the Crosses), Las Vegas Altas del Guadiana organizes various cultural and gastronomic events.

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Tradition and gastronomy


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Calle Villanueva, 1
06400 Don Benito , Badajoz (Extremadura)
  • On the occasion of the festivity in honour of La Virgen de las Cruces (Our Lady of the Crosses), Las Vegas Altas del Guadiana organizes various cultural and gastronomic events.

    On 12th October, Don Benito celebrates the festivity in honour of its patron saint, La Virgen de las Cruces. "La Velá", declared of Tourist Interest in Extremadura, gets its name from the fact that the inhabitants of Don Benito used to keep vigil over the Virgin on the eve, in her hermitage situated about seven kilometres away. The festivities actually begin about ten days earlier, when the patron saint of Don Benito is carried out of her chapel and around the town where thousands of parishioners welcome her, and has taken place since 1987.

    While La Virgen is in the Church of Santiago, several religious acts are held in her honour, among them, the Novena, the floral offering and the Hail Mary on 11th October, at dusk. At the same time, the authorities of Don Benito and different groups and associations organize a series of cultural, musical and gastronomic activities, where the pumpkin plays an important role.

    On 12th October, people say farewell to La Virgen de Las Cruces amid applause and songs in her honour and she is taken back to the chapel on pilgrimage.

    PROGRAM 2018

    *(Gallery images by courtesy of Don Benito Town Council).

  • Type:
  • Tourist Interest in Extremadura
  • Event subject:
  • Art
  • Show
  • Gastronomy
  • History
  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Popular traditions
  • Start date:
    30/09/2018
    End date:
    12/10/2018

    Theme:

    • Events

    Target audience:

    • Families
    • Young people
    • Single people
    • Senior citizens
    • Children
    • Couples
    • Single people

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