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Festivals

 

 

Carnival


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This is a spontaneous and popular festival derived from the traditions of the first centuries of the Modern Age.

During these days there are group parades and parodies on events of local and regional life.

The Carnival in Vera has a great tradition, that features many kinds of masks mixed with the most colorful costumes.
 
Carnival
 
 

Day of the “Vieja”


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It is a fascinating costume and fancy dress party staged by the people of “Levante Almeriense”. It has deep roots of tradition among the residents of the city of Vera.

Each child parades his or her "vieja" (a small doll with the appearance of an old woman with a head full of candy), then breaks it with stones to take out the precious treasure inside. On that day it is traditional to eat the "hornazo"; a sweet bun with a cooked egg inside.
 
Day of the “Vieja”
 
 

Holy Week


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The Holy Week of Vera, dating back to the Christian conquest, is when brotherhoods that have their origins in the 17th century still stage their processions.

It begins the weekend before Palm Sunday, followed by a week full of religious devotion and great emotions.

It is one of the most popular and traditional Holy Weeks in the province of Almeria.
 
Holy Week
 
 

Saint Cleofas

 

Last week of September. This event is dedicated to Saint Cleofas, patron saint of the city. These festivities have been celebrated in Vera since 1569, commemorating the end of the siege suffered by the city by the Moorish troops led by Aben Humeya. The parties have been changing their content over the centuries, but they have always had in common the joy of the inhabitants of Vera in the celebration of these holidays. In the present time, they complete a week full of activities and events.
 

 
 

Virgin of the Anguishes


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June 10. Our Lady, the Blessed Virgin of the Anguishes, has been the patroness of the city since 1888.

Since then, they have been celebrating a fun party full of events in the city. It should be noted the traditional parade of Giants and Bigheads, the floral offering and the popular festival held in the Main Square.
 

 
 

Virgin of the Orchards

 

In Vera there is the tradition of celebrating, the first Sunday of September, that the Lorca troops went to help to the city of Vera in the year 1569 against the Moorish king Aben Humeya. At that time, the Lorca city troops brought an image of their patroness, and to commemorate this historical event, a hermitage was built in the field and the image is taken there every year in a pilgrimage.