HOLIDAYS AND TRADITIONS

In La Alberca, rites are made celebration and tradition and the albercanos dress with beautiful costumes, inherited from their ancestors.

The “albercana party” par excellence is that of the Virgin of the Assumption, on 15 August as patron saint of the village (Diagosto). Over three days or more, rites and ceremonies are held repeated year after year:

On Easter Monday is celebrated in the threshing floor the day of the Banner, which the albercanas from the fifteenth century grabbed from the Portuguese troops of the prior of Ocrato. The following Monday (the octave of Easter) is the day of “la Romería”: in the Square, the Town Hall invites the people and all visitors to wafers and wine, served by the “escancianos” (newlywed boys).

Whit Monday, (now moved to the previous Saturday), the romeria of Maralviejas or Majadas Viejas is held in a chapel located in an oak forest near the village.

And we come to Corpus Christi, one of the most beautiful albercana celebrations; windows and balconies where the procession will pass are polished with quilts and embroidered cloths.

Many traditional customs in La Alberca are still alive, even if they are not discovered at first sight, or on a quick trip, they are rooted in the deepest feelings of its people, perpetuated throughout the centuries, it is the legacy of our ancestors. From the first moment that your feet step on the stones of La Alberca. To the traveler of inquisitive eyes they are shown in all its essence, transporting him over time to places and times of legend, elsewhere forgotten.

Everything can be summed up in one word "Medieval".

MOZA ANIMAS

La Moza de Animas, accompanied by other women, making a tour through the streets of the town, stopping at certain corners to call neighbors to pray.

SAN ANTON

Making normal life runs some streets of the town and especially around the Main Square, San Antonio pig getting kilos day after day.

THE LOA

The Loa is a kind of Auto Sacramental that initiates the Solano plays the morning of August 16.

CHRIST

There is a tradition that sweated blood on September 6, 1655, while a devout woman was praying between three and five p.m., who came to the festival of the Virgen of the Peña de Francia.

PATAHENOS

The figure of Pataheno albercano cannot go unnoticed within the Hispanic carnivalesque field. It is a mock representation of an improvised bullfight.

MAGOSTO

November in La Alberca is time magostos, roasting chestnuts by the fire floor. And remember. For the word magosto is solely one thing, the word remember.

DIAGOSTO

When he arrives in August and solemn day, we have to throw the rooftops. These bells are synchronized even today for their various accents, fires, ... we continue to transmit its unique language with the emotion of the moment.

Corpus Christi

This day of the greater significance of the spring in terms of popular and religious manifestations. Housewives have to get out of their closets and coffers the best cloths, the most luxurious embroidered quilts made by them.

BANNER DAY

The feast is celebrated on Easter Monday. At dusk the greater or braver woman who is in the Era, in front of the chapel, lower the Banner, along Barrionuevo to the Square laughing, singing and revelry.

DAY OF MAJADAS

At the party youth hear the Mass and dance in front of the Virgin who may leave the Visigoth King Don Rodrigo among these rocks to prevent him to fall into the hands of its Arab enemies.

DAY OF THE SWALLOW

The town Hall offers a few sips of wine to all the people who come to the square, in memory of that feat that involved the albercanas women, snatching the Pendón that was carried by the army of the Prior of Ocrato who had come to Castile.

EASTER

If men with strong capes called the attention, women of a certain age or older with their handkerchiefs tied around their neck, covering the mouth or with mantillas or serranas shawls always after the virgin giving the processional set a special air.

THE PASSION

Every Holy Thursday takes place in the village of La Alberca a play performed by the neighbors.

OTHER FESTIVITIES

In addition to the typical festivals, there are a number of traditional festivities among local residents.