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Saint Anthony Festivity

 

The "Sant Antoni" festivity is held on the 17th of January.

The tradition of the festival stems from the Middle Ages and in Gandesa since 1801 (there is a written proof in the book of the Saint Anthony Confraternity).


The main event of this festival is the harvesting of firewood by the Majorals through the streets of Gandesa accompanied by the Saint Anthony suckling pig, the "pubilles" and "hereus", the parsnips, the Giants and two donkeys that carry the Saint Anthony image. This wood is then auctioned on the main square along with the cake and the Saint Anthony "Rodot".

Formerly it is said that every year during this festivity the pig was raffled, the same that throughout the year was fed and raised by the Gandesa inhabitants. This is why the pig is the symbol of this festivity. Nowadays the pig is still very important (but in the form of a big-head).

Another act that has remained is the blessing of the animals in the Romanesque portal of the Archpriestal, afterwards the Saint Anthony cake is also blessed.

At the end of the pig raffle the "joys" of Saint Anthony are sang. These popular sayings or "coplas" of Saint Anthony are a very interesting popular literature example and the habit continued until the present day thanks to the popular "poets". This sayings change each year in order to adapt and criticize politic actions that might not like to thepeople.


To conclude the festival, the dances of the "dansada Gandesana" around the fire. The male dancers presented the female dancers with Saint Anthony cake, and the suckling pig gives candy to the dancers.

Photos courtesy of the cultural group "La Serena":

 
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Matí: 10:00 h a 13:30 h
Tarda:16:00 h a 18:30 h

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