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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.