Fiestas de La Blanca

It begins on the 4th and continues until 9th August, the 5th being the day of the Virgen Blanca.

This festival has been held in honour of the Virgen Blanca in Vitoria since 1884. The eve of the celebrations begins on 4th August in the Plaza de la Virgen Blanca at the heart of the city, where thousands of Vitorianos and visitors gather to launch the festivities with the descent of Celedon, a doll resembling an elderly resident of Alava that crosses the Plaza via a pulley system. After the descent, a member of the smock –or blusa– wearing brigade, who is dressed up as the doll, crosses the plaza from the Caja Vital office (in front of the church of San Miguel) to the steps. Later, when he arrives at the Church of San Miguel balcony, they dance the traditional aurresku and you can hear the traditional call and response: Gora Gasteiz!, Gora Celedon!... and the people answer: Gora! Thousands of cigars are lit and thousands of bottles of cava are uncorked. The youngsters shout out for water in the streets adjacent to the plaza. And so the revelry begins on the 4th and continues until 9th August, the 5th being the day of the Virgen Blanca.

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