Festivities of the Virgin Pilar in Zaragoza; dates, origin and what they consist of

Celebrated every year around October 12, these festivities are held in honor of the Virgen del Pilar. For this 2023, they will be held from Saturday, October 7 to Sunday, October 15.

Zaragoza, the epicenter of these festivities year after year, is a city with 670,000 inhabitants located in the region that bears its name and is the fifth most populated city in Spain.

The origin of the Fiestas del Pilar dates back to 1807 with the concession of Pope Pius VII for the feast of the Virgen del Pilar, although some years earlier celebrations with bulls, parades and processions were already taking place.

Throughout the years, more activities were added to these festivities, many of these acquiring the category of tradition, such as the Official Jota Contestthe Fruit Offering or the Flower Offeringas well as the procession of the Crystal Rosary or the Lanterns. These festivities were declared of National Tourist Interest in 1965.

Currently, the Fiestas del Pilar range from the Pregón, which kicks off the festivities, through the various fairs that are held throughout the city. Of all these activities, 3 are the most characteristic of these festivities; The Flower Offering which is celebrated on October 12, the day of the patron saint and the day of the Hispanic community. Fruit Offering on the morning of the 13th, and finally one of the most unknown, but at the same time one of the most amazing, is the Crystal Rosary which is held on the evening of October 13.

In addition to all these events, the festivities in honor of the Virgen del Pilar are celebrated with multiple concerts, theater and bullfighting fairs.

In addition to the events, you should not miss the Basilica del Pilar (the one you can see in most photos of Zaragoza), the Aljaferia Palace or the Pablo Gargallo Museum.

Remember that we have scheduled a group outing to the Fiestas del Pilar this 2023, you can sign up on this official link and do not miss one of the biggest festivals in Spain.

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