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Walking over the Fire

The festival:
Each year on 23 June, Midsummer night's eve, this ritual takes place in the town of San Pedro Manrique, in Soria. It consists of crossing the live coals of a meticulously prepared bonfire barefoot. The bonfire is lit at 9:00 at night with 2,000 kilos of oak wood, which burns easily and does not form lumps. At around 11:30, the carpet-like path of red-hot coals is prepared by smoothing them with poles called 'hoguneros'. Young men dance around the fire, and exactly at midnight everything is ready to begin the walk across the carpet. Ten to twelve young men are chosen to do this, and they generally carry someone on their shoulders, since the extra weight avoids combustion. They try to ensure that the coals contain no ashes or hard objects; thanks to these precautions they never get burned.
The brave fire walkers hop barefoot across red-hot coals, without even the slightest sign of burns. The town doesn't attribute the wonders of their unblemished feet to just any old mystical or pagan forces. The town's patron saint, La Virgen de La Peña (the Virgin of Sorrows), is held responsible for this paranormal phenomena.




History:

Some people would say that is a Celtic Rite others a purification rite and others a sun and fire-worship but if you ask to one of the "fire walkers" (or pasadores) about the origin of the fesival, they will simply answer: “It has always been like this” Some people just follow their father’s or grandfather's steps, others just do it as a promise to the Virgen de la Peña, some just do it to prove themselves that they can do it... there are a lot of reasons, but for everyboy in this town the Paso del Fuego is something that belongs to their own identity.


Where and When:
Each year on the midnight of the 23rd to the 24th this rite is held in the amphitheater of the chapel of Virgen de la Peña (Virgin of the Rock) in San Pedro Manrique in the province of Soria. From 2,000 to 4,000 people follow this amazing rite

More Info:

San Pedro Manrique Web site (google translated)

Video:




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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wowww! Andres you really did a good job! Pictures are so amazing! and your Blog is fantastic!

Well, You are doing a great job from Scotland, as you know, promotion nowadays is one of the most important tools on tourism, and events..

Kinds regards!

Nacho- Segovia

Jessica said...

Hola Andres, me encanta como tienes el blog!
Que recuerdos de San Pedro Manrique, esa noche que fuimos con mi hermana... tendremos que repetir!
Un besazooo desde tu tierra ;)

Unknown said...

This is very similar to the America holiday of Halloween where the American people celebrate the past spirts of the fallen in their family. In the spanish society, the day of the dead is where the people celebrate the dead in their community.

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Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Walking over the Fire

The festival:
Each year on 23 June, Midsummer night's eve, this ritual takes place in the town of San Pedro Manrique, in Soria. It consists of crossing the live coals of a meticulously prepared bonfire barefoot. The bonfire is lit at 9:00 at night with 2,000 kilos of oak wood, which burns easily and does not form lumps. At around 11:30, the carpet-like path of red-hot coals is prepared by smoothing them with poles called 'hoguneros'. Young men dance around the fire, and exactly at midnight everything is ready to begin the walk across the carpet. Ten to twelve young men are chosen to do this, and they generally carry someone on their shoulders, since the extra weight avoids combustion. They try to ensure that the coals contain no ashes or hard objects; thanks to these precautions they never get burned.
The brave fire walkers hop barefoot across red-hot coals, without even the slightest sign of burns. The town doesn't attribute the wonders of their unblemished feet to just any old mystical or pagan forces. The town's patron saint, La Virgen de La Peña (the Virgin of Sorrows), is held responsible for this paranormal phenomena.




History:

Some people would say that is a Celtic Rite others a purification rite and others a sun and fire-worship but if you ask to one of the "fire walkers" (or pasadores) about the origin of the fesival, they will simply answer: “It has always been like this” Some people just follow their father’s or grandfather's steps, others just do it as a promise to the Virgen de la Peña, some just do it to prove themselves that they can do it... there are a lot of reasons, but for everyboy in this town the Paso del Fuego is something that belongs to their own identity.


Where and When:
Each year on the midnight of the 23rd to the 24th this rite is held in the amphitheater of the chapel of Virgen de la Peña (Virgin of the Rock) in San Pedro Manrique in the province of Soria. From 2,000 to 4,000 people follow this amazing rite

More Info:

San Pedro Manrique Web site (google translated)

Video:



3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wowww! Andres you really did a good job! Pictures are so amazing! and your Blog is fantastic!

Well, You are doing a great job from Scotland, as you know, promotion nowadays is one of the most important tools on tourism, and events..

Kinds regards!

Nacho- Segovia

Jessica said...

Hola Andres, me encanta como tienes el blog!
Que recuerdos de San Pedro Manrique, esa noche que fuimos con mi hermana... tendremos que repetir!
Un besazooo desde tu tierra ;)

Unknown said...

This is very similar to the America holiday of Halloween where the American people celebrate the past spirts of the fallen in their family. In the spanish society, the day of the dead is where the people celebrate the dead in their community.

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