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in Costa Blanca & Costa Calida, Spain

Benejuzar Fiesta del Pilar

The annual Fiesta and Romeria of the Virgin del Pilar will take place between the 28th September and the 12th October 2013 in Benejuzar. This is a major celebration of the towns patron saint and involves the carrying of the statue of the Virgen del Pilar between the local church and her impressive sanctuary above the town. There is also an art and poetry competition, bike route, all night vigil, performance by folk groups and band concerts as well as a firework display!
 
Saturday 28th September
10:00 Art Competition and children's games at the Sanctuary.
 
Sunday 6th October
09:45 the 5th Cycle Ride leaving from the Plaza de España organised by the Ciclista MTB Benejúzar.
 
Tuesday 8th October
19:00 Concert of wind instruments.
19:30 Gathering of the Fiesta Queens in the Plaza de España for a short parade to the Auditorio José Aparicio
21:00 Honouring of the Fiesta Queens and their bands in the Auditorio José Aparicio, followed by a performance by the folk group Centro Aragonés from Elche.
 
Wednesday 9th October
10:00 Romeria (short pilgrimage) with the statue of the Virgen del Pilar from the Sanctuary to the Parroquial church accompanied by the folk group Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Benejúzar. The statue will be received in the town by the fiesta queens and civil and religious dignitaries for Mass, followed by blessing of all of the local children born during the last year.
20:30 Opening Speeches for the fiesta in the Auditorio José Aparicio, followed by a Lirico Concert by the Banda Unión Musical de Benejúzar.
 
Thursday 10th October
19:00 Concert of wind instruments.
20:00 Farolata Infantil from the Jardín de la Virgen del Pilar on Calle Concordia to the Templo Parroquial.
21:00 Artistic and Literary Contest and the Poet Competition in the Auditorio José Aparicio de la Plaza de España.
 
Friday 11th October
19:00 Concert of wind instruments.
20:00 Flower Offering Parade from Calle Comandante Bernabé to the Templo Parroquial, followed by a performance by the folk group Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Benejúzar.
00:00 Serenata of the Virgen del Pilar in the Templo Parroquial, followed by a performance by the Folk group Peña Huertana El Azahar from Beniaján in Murcia.
00:30 Ronda del Pilar, a night during which the locals do not sleep but walk around the plazas and along the streets with their Rosaries.
 
Saturday 12th October Festival of Nuestra Senora del Pilar
09:00 Romeria with the statue, the fiesta queens and civil and religious dignitaries form the Parroquial church to the sanctuary, where mass is held upon her arrival.
11:00 Performance throughout the day by the Grupo Folklórico Nuestra Señora del Pilar and other groups at the sanctuary. Lots of families take picnics and stay at the sanctuary all day.
18:00 Mass at the sanctuary.
19:30 The statue is brought outside the sanctuary, so that the villagers and devoted followers can see her one last time before the next romeria, followed by prayers, saying of the rosary and then a big fireworks display, after which the statue is taken back inside.