FESTIVITIES


Carnavales 2009 Romeria del Pinar Virgen del Carmen Festival Moscatel Virgen de Regla
Palmicha Todos Los Santos Semana Santa

CARNIVAL
from 18th February to 26th of February

      From 1936, due to the Civil war that left Chipiona in misery and its inhabitants lacking in everything indispensable in order to survive, the Carnival was prohibited by the pro-Franco dictatorship.

      However, in the 30s and 60s, some songs of Chipiona poet Miranda de Sardi were sung at Baptisms and family gatherings, especially from the 60s when they were sung in the clandestine Carnivals organized in the Castle and in the Lighthouse.

      The Carnival made a welcome reappearance in 1984, thanks to the Mayor of the town Miguel Valdés who took the risk to reinstate the celebration of the Carnival, eventually elevating the festivities year after year, and made it in to what it is today.

      The Carnival in Chipiona takes place between February or March. It constitutes “the party of the townsfolk". Our Carnival has a great relevancy for us. Though the Official duration is 10 days, as early as one month before, different activities take place in different clubs and bars in the town, which offer all the attendees, free local products.

      The closing takes place with the Parade “Great Cavalcade of the Humour”, which is recognized worldwide. During this event the whole population gets involved, showing an authentic spectacle of wonderful light and colour.

PILGRIMAGE OF EL PINAR
June

      This popular festival has origins dating back to a rural party that was celebrated in the 40s at the end of the Harvest.

      Today it is a Pilgrimage, which is started on the night of the Thursday previous to the Sunday of the Pilgrimage, when statue of the “Virgen de Regla del Pinar” is moved from the small church in the “Pinar” up to the Sanctuary in the town.

      This statue differs from the original “Virgen de Regla” by the Pine Cone that the Baby Jesus has in his hand.

      On Sunday, the “Virgen de Regla del Pinar” leaves the Sanctuary on a wagon taken by oxen, crossing four kilometres up to the hermitage, accompanied by pilgrims on horseback or also in wagons. A Mass is celebrated outside the church when the Virgin returns.

      Around the hermitage the “Casetas” spring to life and songs of the “Sevillanas” fill the celebratory atmosphere from Friday to Sunday.

NUESTRA SEÑORA DEL CARMEN
from 13th to 16th july

      The Sailors Fiesta. History says that the summer season begins on July 16th, the day of the Saint of the Sailors, when the waters were blessed and the statue of the “Virgen del Carmen” is brought out in a colourful procession.

      Nowadays this is the first celebration of the summer, when a party is commemorated in the neighbourhoods of the Marine District on the 14th, 15th and 16th of July.

      The celebration is concluded with a large fireworks display.

MOSCATEL FESTIVAL
from 15th to 19th August

      Its purpose of this fiesta is mainly the promotion of the wine Moscatel, a typical wine from Chipiona, as well as the work for its production.

      Many of the most important singers in Spain have performed at this festival such as Rocío Jurado, Karina, Raphael, Lola Flores, Lorenzo Santamaría, Massiel Mari Trini, Mike Kennedy, Ángela Carrasco, Alberto Cortés, Mª Dolores Pradera, José Mercé, Orishas, Pasión Vega etc…. Carnival performances, Flamenco shows and popular dances complete the spectacles in the days before the grape Harvest.

OUR LADY OF REGLA FESTIVAL
from 5th to 8th September

      Celebrated between the 4th and 8th of September, this festival signifies for many people the end of the summer season.

      The Town Hall offers different performances every day. The closing of the festival takes place on the 8th with a procession of the “Virgin of Regla” around the town and a great Fireworks party that takes place at midnight in the beach “Playa de Regla”.


SAN MIGUEL (PATRON LOCAL)
29th September

The Saint of Chipiona since August 7th 1656. This festival took place for the first time in 1881 when the City Council decided to honour the acts of the saint of Chipiona in September.

PALMICHA
Last week of September

      This festival has been celebrated for some decades in the Pinar de la Villa during the last week of September. Here you can see and enjoy beautiful equestrian shows and enjoy the day of among family, friends and other townsfolk.

TODOS LOS SANTOS
1st November

      “All Saints Day”. The famous earthquake of Lisbon occurred at 9.00hrs on the 1st of November 1755, and was felt in many parts of Spain.

      The Sanctuary “Santuario de Regla” suffered the consequences of this disaster, being flooded by the waters that destroyed the wall that defended the Sanctuary.

      In memory of this natural disaster the Prior Father ordered a painting, depicting on the left side the community before the altar of the “Virgen de Regla” and on the right side of the painting the same community going in procession to the nearby Chapel “Capilla del Humilladero”
 
      In Chipiona the waters also reached some streets. According to legend, the townsfolk were in procession with a statue of Christ, the “Cristo de las Misericordias” heading to the “Cruz del Mar”, when the waters retreated. Since then, on every November 1st the statue of Christ is taken in procession to this same place.

      For many years November 1st was one of the more important local holidays of the calendar. Traders used to set up throughout street “Calle Isaac Peral” a series of Fruit stalls that gave a festive aspect to the town. Simultaneously this made it possible to consume a variety of fruits and products that you could not normally find in Chipiona, or were not easy to obtain for the rest of the year. This activity was known by the name of "Tosantos". This custom has now become a tradition throughout the years and now takes place in the Plaza Pío XII.