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Fiestas de La Blanca & Celedón, Vitoria-Gasteiz 2021

If you see a figure with an umbrella coming down from a church on a rope—then you are in Spain!


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Celedón is a symbolic figure for the villagers of Alava. He wears a beret and a traditional blouse and always carries an umbrella. This character is symbolic of the beginning of the Vitoria-Gasteiz holiday in the Basque province of Araba-Álava in Spain. The Fiestas de la Virgen Blanca has taken place in Vitoria-Gasteiz every year since 1884. It lasts for several days at the beginning of August, with different events and celebrations taking place.

Everything begins with Celedon's descent from the top of the Church of San Miguel to a balcony in the square below. The next day, Virgen Blanca is celebrated. The third day is focused on children, so it is a great family holiday. The fourth day is focused on veterans of the city. Finally, on the morning of the last day, Celedón goes up to San Miguel Church in the same way that he came down at the beginning of the festival. This means that the celebration in the city is over.

You can also enjoy different concerts, traditional Basque sports, a wine barrel race and other colourful shows during these festivities.

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