El Rocío – Marbella

Every year, in the weeks up to the seventh sunday after Easter (ending on Pentecost Monday) a small village in the Huelva- province named El Rocío is filled with millions of millions of pilgrims from all across Spain and abroad. It is the start of the biggest Pilgrim walk in Spain.

But since not everybody can go to the city of El Rocío, most towns and villages has its own pilgrimages, where they celebrate their own local Saint, Virgin or Local figure, today it is in Marbella (June 3rd 2014)

The festival is ending on Monday June 9th (2014) which is also known as Pentecost Monday.

If you want to read more about El Rocío in general and see the dates for each year, you can always look at this website .

In Marbella, the day started with cannon balls around  (or so it sounded) being fired over the Old Town of Marbella from around 08.00 am. We thought it was in honor to the old King Juan Carlos who had just abdicated the day before (June 2rd 2014) due to corruption and left the throne of Spain, to Crown Prince Felipe.

Around 11.00 am the “cannonballs” were so close that we could see the smoke from our windows, so we went outside to take a look – and it was not cannonballs, but an old man shooting firework (by hand!) up in the air. A few meters from us, was two beautiful police horses, who were very well behaved, as they did not move a muscle when the firework went off, again and again and again.

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Shooting firework up in the air by a handheld device.

 

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Two Spanish Police Horses

 

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Despite fireworks and hundreds of people, the horses were extremely well behaved!

 

El Rocío is one of the most colorful festivals in Spain, which are clearly seen in the dresses

El Rocío is one of the most colorful festivals in Spain, which are clearly seen in the dresses

 

Most of the stick that the people in the festival is walking with, is covered in silver and gold.

Most of the stick that the people in the festival is walking with, is covered in silver and gold.

 

The Bulls!

The Bulls!

 

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The man in front of the bulls, with the flat black hat is in control of “Las Carretas del Rocío” which is covered in Silver

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Amazing – and a bit scary!

 

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I wonder how much each bull weight?

 

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The carriage is beautiful and covered with flowers

 

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Turning down Avenida Miguel Cano towards the sea

 

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It is HUGE!!

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The smell of bull (cow) reminds me of my childhood on a farm, but I was never allowed this close to the bulls, so it was quite scary actually!

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But the bulls seemed to be very calm, just like Ferdinand the Bull :)