Last Sunday was our local romería, which I’ve blogged about before. The Romería de Torrijos takes place in Valencina de la Concepcion, near Seville, on the second Sunday of October. I covered all the historical background in the previous post – the Hacienda de Torrijos, where the romería takes place, dates from Arab times.
So this year, rather than covering the same ground, I’ve picked out photos along a theme: colour. Colour in wagons, on oxen, on wheels, musical instruments, flamenco dresses. If you’re wondering what a romería is, it’s
an excuse for a party when a Virgin Mary statue is taken out of its church and carried in a procession to a sanctuary (in this case, the chapel of the Hacienda de Torrijos), accompanied by most of the town, amidst lots of noise and excitement. Everyone comes on their horse, wagon or trailer, has lunch, dances and gets merry, and then she is returned to her usual location.
**Technical note: Please excuse the rubbish exposure on these photos, I still haven’t got to grips with using my camera correctly – though as any (proper) photographer will tell you, working it out so that the extremes between bright middle-of-the-day sunshine and contrasting shadow are perfectly balanced isn’t easy!**
First off we have the oxen, which pull the gypsy caravans. Huge, lumbering beasts, they are very docile and are driven by men (and women) with sticks. Their headpieces can be embroidered velvet with emblems from hermandades (brotherhoods), or made from scraps of fabric.
Next it’s the wagons – decorated with scrunched-up coloured paper and flowers, they’re as pretty as a picture – every little girl’s dream.
Then we have the tractors, which pull trailers full of young people brandishing beers, with T-shirts (and wheels) to match their transport’s colour scheme.
Finally, the people and the horses; the dresses, the flowers, the shawls, the hats.