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The Fortuna City Council is preparing for Easter declare Regional Tourist Interest (27/03/2009)

The Department of Culture along the Guilds of Fortuna City Council joined forces to make the declaration of the Holy Week of Regional Tourist Interest, as agreed at a meeting last January, in which both parties expressed their interest to get this recognition.

According to statements by the Councillor for Culture, Miguel Romero Valera, "the City Council is supporting this initiative by providing all necessary technical and human resources for several months, the importance of this distinction is obtained in both the cultural and tourist ".

Similarly, the president of the council of guilds, José María Torralba Pizarro, bid to obtain the statement, because in his words "La Semana Santa de Fortuna is marked by processions, by their fervor and brilliance, each year exceeded the interest and enthusiasm of the brothers. "

And, there are many visitors who flock these days to witness the processions from the beginning on Palm Sunday.

Takes place on Holy Thursday the procession of silence, under a scenario of gloom and silence broken only by the beating of the drum.

Is to highlight the beauty of the images, and the revival of traditions, as is the parade of the Ladies of the Virgin, also known as "petticoat" or more popularly "the turkey."

So you call women who walk in procession representing those back in the eighteenth century, and after their marriage, leaving a promise to accompany the Virgen de los Dolores on the morning of Friday, dressed in her wedding dress, absolutely black, thus thanking the fact that he married and asking the Virgin's blessing.

Is Friday night when manolas out in mourning accompanying the recumbent body of Christ for burial in the chapel of San Anton, where life is a sad farewell to the Mother and Son.

Between trucks and firecrackers in a very particular disorder joy, we celebrate the "Night of Holy Saturday" to warn people of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, as a prior to the Easter Sunday procession, which had the greatness of meeting.

The virgin will leave his black cloak and dagger in his heart that has been wearing these days as a symbol of pain, joy to dress and wait for her resurrected son.

In his meeting pigeons are thrown carriers resemble angels of peace and was the traditional dance of the flag, "spreading the joy among the fortuneros.

Easter Monday is living around the Black Cave and cottages, to eat the "Easter cake."

A tradition that comes from centuries, where family and friends, carrying pots and root vegetables, and seasoning of the wineskin, meet even inside the cave, where they take refuge if the day is not all that spring desired.

That's how fortuneros revitalize the old traditions of that ceremony of the food that was made in Roman times at the beginning of spring, as a form of admiration to the gods that protected the thermal baths, whose stories are still collected in " picti securitization. "

Source: Ayuntamiento de Fortuna

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