Near our accommodation in Toledo is the Ermita de la Virgen de la Estrella. The brotherhood of the same name founded it in 1611 in neighboring Santiago del Arrabal. Before this, a chapel from the 14th century stood on this place.
Every year in May, the brotherhood Hermandad de la Estrella de Toledo organize the Fiesta Nuestra Senora de la Estrella dedicated to the Virgen de la Estrella. The festivities last 9 days and end on the fourth Sunday of May. The end is a procession, where the men carry the Statue of Virgin Estrella through the entire neighborhood. In December one shows a large Christmas crib here.
We are lucky to take part in this celebration for three days and to see the procession the last day.
We soon realize that this is not just a religious celebration. Many people from the surroundings make a pilgrimage to see the statue and to meet on the place in front of the hermitage in the evening.
The evening is filled with dancing, singing, eating, and drinking. Competitions and raffles are also held. But the most important is the exchange of information with relatives and friends.
Already in the evening, one shows us the statue of the Senora de Estrella in the church. Not without mentioning that she will still be decorated for the procession. The next day begins with a prayer.
In large cauldrons, one prepares Migas, a local specialty. It consists of bread fried in the fat of the chorizo. But also Churros with chocolate and homemade lemonade must not be missing.
The children take part in these festivities all the time and get to know the social life early on.
The festival is a religious festival but also promotes the living together in the community. One talks about what was good and what was less good in the last year. Thus it is a corrective of the public opinion. For young people, it is a good opportunity to get to know each other.
We would like to thank the residents of the neighborhood and especially Dany, for the warm welcome and the permission to film during the event.
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