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Benejuzar Fiesta del Pilar

The annual Fiesta and Romeria of the Virgin del Pilar will take place between the 8th and 12th of October 2016 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 all night vigil and performance by folk groups.
 
Saturday 8th October
12:00 Firing of rockets to signify the start of the Fiesta.
21:00 Proclamation of the Fiesta Queens followed by a performance by the Grupo Folclórico Nuestra Señora del Pilar from Benejúzar.
 
Sunday 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
 
Monday 10th October
20:00 Farolata Infantil from the Jardín de la Virgen del Pilar on Calle Concordia to the Templo Parroquial.
21:00 Folk Festival in the Auditorio José Aparicio by the Escuela de Jotas Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Benejúzar
 
Tuesday 11th October
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.
00:00 Ronda del Pilar, a night during which the locals do not sleep but walk around the plazas and along the streets with their Rosaries.
 
Wednesday 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.
20:00 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 the hymn, after which the statue is taken back inside.