San Isidro Pilgrimage

Orellana La Vieja celebrates the feast of San Isidro, Patron Saint of Farmers, on May 15.

Many years ago, the feast was only celebrated by the farmers, their daughters, who offered bunches of ears of corn to the saint at the mass in his honor, and later organized a banquet for all the local farmers’ families.

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Orellana La Vieja celebrates the feast of San Isidro, Patron Saint of Farmers, on May 15.

Many years ago, the feast was only celebrated by the farmers, their daughters, who offered bunches of ears of corn to the saint at the mass in his honor, and later organized a banquet for all the local farmers’ families.

Subsequently, a pilgrimage was held in the hermitage of “El Coto” in the village of Confederación Hidrográfica del Guadiana, extending this celebration to the entire municipality and with the active collaboration of the Cooperativa de Agricultores el Cristo.

Due to the increase in the number of participants in the pilgrimage, it was moved to the natural site of the Dehesa Boyal, where it remains today. The Dehesa Boyal offers landscapes of great ecological and environmental interest all year round. The flora is composed of oaks, cork oaks and dense foliage, such as grasses and herbaceous plants. The fauna is composed of the common turtledove, blue helanio, African bird and the crane that feeds in the pasture.

Several weeks before the holiday, groups of people prepare the floats with paper flowers and decorate the carriages and horses, to go to the Dehesa with friends and family to spend the day in the countryside, in the Pilgrimage of San Isidro.

Among the activities organized is the celebration of a mass dedicated to the Saint, followed by an aperitif with sangria, and in the afternoon there is an orchestra, brass bands, games, and ribbon races with horses.