Tradition keeps people together
I would like to talk about the lovely experienced I have lived this weekend in Arens de Lledó, Matarraña.
We have celebrated the traditional day of Santa Águeda she is the midwife patron as well as the saviour of breast disease. Many villages do celebrate this traditional festivity but I would like to talk about the one we enjoyed this past Saturday in this charming area in Aragon, called by the CNN the Spanish Toscana.
Sixty three women we had a full programme to enjoy, thank you to the encouragement and hard work of the “junta” Association of Santa Águeda. The small villages like Arens de Lledó, where everything has to be done by the locals or new residents gives a special relevance to however it’s organised.
The festivities acts started on Friday night with a theatre, and some “mistela” and “coc” for the attenders, Saturday morning a great breakfast at the main square in the village, and the fantastic dance of traditional old jota that the older woman recovered for that special day. The celebration of the Mass was in “La Asunción” Church in honour to Santa Águeda. The offers to the patron and canticles where the protagonist of that mass.
Fantastic vermouth at the Bar La Sociedad, where Pepita made wonderful eggs filled with tuna served with potatoes and a nice refreshing drink, talking and sharing experiences at the exposition room, where many of the village ladies brought a sample of works like; crochet covers, knit blankets, old furniture, porcelain dolls, and many beautiful great works worth to be shared.
A three set menu at Hostal Rural Laure y Maria José, to gives us some more strength to keep on going with the celebration. Delicious menu: Warm mushroom salad, hake on a asparagus sauce, chicken with prunes sauce and a fruit salad with ice cream, coffees and liqueurs, presents for all the assistants, special show of popular Aragon music “jota” and then back to the social room in la Sociedad where more dancing, games and raffles as well as a Bingo game where organised to give a fantastic journey to all the women that wanted to be part of this festivity.
A popular dinner was offered to end the brilliant day. 12 hours of nonstop festivities, celebration, party and great fun. Women that came from Belgium, Holland, England, EEUU, Wales, where marvellous joined together with the locals and also all women’s ages attend the Santa Águeda day, from over 80 to the little one that she was an angel of just 1 year old.
Tradition keeps people together. This is what I really think.
Thank you for reading.