Holy Week

Pilgrimage

Trad.Market

                                                                                                                                                   

 

Popular festivities of touristic interest

 

The main activities that are most attractive to tourists in the region are:

 

 

Buen Suceso’s Pilgrimage, designated of Regional Touristic Interest in 2007

 

Celebrated the first Sunday of September, nearby the sanctuary it’s named after, was considered historic-artistic heritage since 1983. Located in the North variant of the Camino de Santiago to San Salvador of Oviedo, in the N-630, in Huergas de Gordon.

 

The small chapel contains the image of the Buen Suceso Virgin, Patron Saint of Gordon. The pilgrimage was first documented in 1906 and the main elements are the service at 1 in the afternoon, the parade that happens afterwards and praying the “Salve”. In this procession, the standards of Gordon’s towns (Peredilla, Beberino, Buiza, Folledo and Geras) parade before the virgin.

 

This pilgrimage is also a key festivity to spread traditions such as folklore music groups, traditional native games and sports such as the bolo leones, skeet shooting and lucha leonesa.

 

Gastronomy also has an important role since paella is made for all of the participants and it’s possible to also have some morcilla.

 

These activities gather many locals and tourists. This festivity is preceded by a novena to which many people pilgrim to.

 

 

Holy Week in Santa Lucia de Gordon

 

The town of Santa Lucia de Gordon, the one with a stronger miner character, celebrates processions from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday.

 

This tradition was documented first in 1955, when the “Most Holy Victory Christ Brotherhood” was founded, and for many years it was the only Easter celebration between Asturias and Leon. Later in 1991the “Encuentro de la Pasion Brotherhood” was created.

 

The tunic of the Most Holy Victory Christ Brotherhood is blue with a red hood and belt, white gloves and blue cape lined with red silk. The main paces are “the Lords Flagellation” and “the Love and Hope Virgin”.

 

The brothers of the Encuentro de la Pasion wear purple tunics, white hood and gloves and their main pace is “the Nazarene”.

 

The brothers pared accompanied by music band of cornets, drums and trumpets and they carry the coat of arms and standards of their brotherhood. Although for many years this festivity was of male presence only, it is now possible for women to join and participate in an active way, and they do increasingly every year.

 

Observing the paces in the procession and sometimes “danced” through the narrow steep streets is something worth seeing and it gathers families, which means it will most likely be maintained in the future.

 

 

Traditional Market “Angel Gonzalez Juarez”

 

Since 1999 it takes place in the square Cardenal Aguirre in La Pola the first Sunday of December.

 

Aims to rememorize the markets that used to happen a century ago every Thursday in this same square and was attended by many locals and also people from other regions to sell or exchange diverse products.

 

This market is includes in the calendar “Comercial Fairs in Castilla y Leon”, published by the Direccion General de Comercio y Consumo de la Junta. It aims to recover old traditions and bring out many objects, clothes, jobs and habits that have now been almost forgotten.

 

The people attending can enjoy stew, chestnuts and morcilla which are customary of the area to help mitigate low temperatures.

 

The market is also used by local craftsmen to show their work and it’s an opportunity to promote native customary products of the region.