Algorfa´s annual procession
Sunday 10th July 2016 at 08:30 am
Algorfa is a little village steeped in history and tradition and this weekend it celebrates one of the town´s most important dates of the year.
On the first Sunday of Algorfa´s annual fiesta, there is a traditional procession, followed by numerous towns’ people and tourists. The heavy statue of the Virgin del Carmen is carried‘home’ from the church in the Plaza de España in Algorfa to La Ermita. La Ermita is the stunning two-tone chapel just a few hundred yards from out of Algorfa on the CV920 road towards Benejuzar. Although La Ermita is not used for worship now, it hosts music concerts and various other community events, such as star gazing evenings amongst other activities.
La Ermita itself is too small to accommodate everyone, so a marquee is set up in advance for the celebratory Mass to welcome the Virgin ‘home’. After the Mass, the Virgin is carried into La Ermita and then there is a celebration breakfast of bread, sardines and beer, traditionally prepared by the men of Algorfa. This is followed by a paella competition in the afternoon, and families set up their folding tables and chairs in the shade of the pine trees ready to watch the excitement and then sample the paella.
When the festivities have finished, at 17:30 the Virgin is carried back to the church in the village.
Celebrations continue throughout the evening in the Plaza de España which is the focal point of the village surrounded by bars and restaurants. At 22:00 a show starts on the stage that has been set up in the Plaza España for everyone to enjoy.