Saturday, January 22, 2011

Fiestas of San Antonio Abad in Los Silos

San Antonio Abad 2008 - Los Silos
Plaza de la Luz in Los Silos during the San Antonio Abad Crafts Fair

A report in 20minutos, says that the Livestock Fair and Arts & Crafts Fair in honour of San Antonio Abad in Los Silos – along with the procession, blessing, etc. - celebrates it’s 263rd Anniversary this weekend, according to a press release from the Los Silos town hall. This is unusual, because this fiesta is normally celebrated in Los Silos on the 3rd weekend of January. We thought that a 263rd Anniversary was a funny one to make a “newsworthy” press release from, but to mention that would seem like we’re splitting hairs!

Then we go on to read that even the 263 is a bit tentative ...

According to a local historian the first religious icon of San Antonio Abad arrived in Los Silos on August 4th, 1748 (2011 – 1748 = 263 and, yes I did check the maths.) Although, the report continues, there’s no documented source in that respect, it is logical to think that the image arrived in the cited year, in order that it could go out in the procession the following year. OK. The first documented report to that effect actually wasn’t until 1906.

Those anecdotes notwithstanding, the release goes on to detail the events of this year’s fiesta, which begins today at 8 pm with the inauguration of a photographic exhibition and a folk festival in the patio of the former convent of San Sebastián.

Tomorrow, January 23rd, at 10 am, the Arts & Crafts Fair will be open in the Plaza de la Luz, the patio of the former convent of San Sebastián and the surrounding streets. Meanwhile, the Livestock Fair will assemble 400 head of cattle, sheep, goats and horses in the Fairs Enclosure (waste ground) behind the cited ex-convent. Mass will be held at mid-day, after which will be the procession of the icon, followed by all the livestock and pets, which will subsequently be blessed by the clergy.

The Arts & Crafts Fair is lovely and it all makes a great day out.