First Saturday in May

Virgen del Buen Suceso, La Gineta, Albacete, Castile-La Mancha, Spain

In March the statue of Our Lady of Good News moves from the parish church to her chapel near La Grajuela five miles away. On the first Saturday in May the image returns to La Gineta for the major celebration in the Virgin's honor. The parish collects offerings by "auctioning" her veil, mantle, and scepter and the crowns and shoes of both Mother and Child. The fiestas are known for parades of costumed "Moors and Christians" accompanied by many bands. Formerly held on the first Sunday, the celebration was moved to Saturday so that the many natives returning from southern Spain for the occasion would get a chance to see the Virgin before going back. (Information and picture from the town's website, www.lagineta.es/?q=es/node/51.)

Also celebrated this date:

bulletMarienkapelle, Würzburg, Lower Franconia, Bavaria, Germany. Devotions every Saturday in May.
bulletMadonna delle Grazie, Nettuno, Roma, Latium, Italy. Procession with statue to St. John's Church.
bulletOur Lady of Centocow, Creighton, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Pilgrimage of Polish people.
bulletVirgen de los Remedios, Aguilar del Río Alhama, La Rioja, Spain. Romería.
bulletVirgen del Pueyo, Binies, Huesca, Aragon, Spain. Romería.
bulletVirgen del Castillo, Aguatón, Teruel, Aragon, Spain. Romería.
bulletVirgen de la Aliaga, Córtes de Aragón, Teruel, Aragon, Spain. Romería from surrounding towns.
bulletVirgen de Herrera, Nogueras, Teruel, Aragon, Spain
bulletMare de Déu de L'Avellà, Catí, Castellón, Valencia, Spain. Pilgrimage from Morella.
 

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly