Virgen de la Victoria, the holy virgin of the victory.
About 70% of the population in Spain are religious. Most of them are connected with a Catholic church. Compared to other countries in the European Union, religion plays a huge part in the daily lives of Spaniards. Not only the elderly, but also the youth goes to church every Sunday because they feel connected with their church. Because of the fact that religion is still alive, older traditions of the Spaniards are still live as well. One of these traditions is a procession.
What is a procession? A procession is a religious ceremony of the Catholic church. This procession consists out of clergy and other believers. Malaga and the rest of Spain have the semana santa, a week when lots of these processions are done. But that is not the only week that contains processions! There is also a procession on the 8th of September.
The most important day of the month September for the Malagueños is the 8th. On the eighth of the month the Malagueños celebrate the victory, they celebrate this by honouring the pattern-saint of the city, Santa Maria de la Victoria. The Malagueños honour the pattern-saint by a procession through the city. For outsiders this is quite a happening, let alone for the religious Malagueños.
The student who are currently taking one of the courses from Onspain, were very lucky to have been able to watch this. It is a beautiful sight, seeing such a big throne being carried through the narrow streets of Malaga, while the roads are fully packed with locals and tourists.
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