GAUCÍN: Balcony of the Ronda Mountains where the Holy Child appeared to St. John of God.
The illustrious, always noble, very hospitable village of Gaucín.

Festivals

CARNAVAL - Features chirigotas, fantastically costumed groups that sing of current events in a humorous way. A party held on the main square with an orchestra goes on until dawn.

HOLY WEEK - Palm Sunday - procession and Mass. Holy Thursday: Holy Office and procession. Good Friday: Way of the Cross, Holy Office and procession. Saturday: Easter vigil.

EASTER
toroOne of the most popular festivals of the year, the toro de cuerda (bull on a cord.) On Easter Sunday two bulls, one at 10 a.m. and one at 4 p.m., are loosed to run through the town, chased by the valiant. Much feasting, drinking and hilarity.

A book on the subject has recently been published and we are working on a translation into English.

CORPUS CHRISTI
ferias40 days after Easter Sunday after Mass there is a procession from the Church with the Holy Sacrament, accompanied by children in their First Communion finery. The Holy Sacrament in the Monstrance is carried through the village, with stops at altars decorated with flowers and carpets, where pilgrims pray and sing.

ANNUAL FAIR
4 - 7 August. A vestige of the ancient livestock fair, the event is now in honor of patron Virgen de las Nieves (Our Lady of the Snows). Features casetas, rides for children, restaurants, orchestras, dancing, performances by local groups etc. Feasting, drinking and dancing until dawn and later.

PILGRIMAGE OF THE HOLY CHILD
procesionRomería --- Last Sunday of August
The image of the Santo Niño is taken in procession from the castle to the site of his apparition, now an ermita, for a rociera (flamenco) mass followed by dancing, singing, food and drink until dawn.

FEAST IN HONOR OF THE SANTO NIÑO
7 - 8 September
During 9 days townsfolk climb to the castle for a novena, held in the Chapel of the Holy Child. Mass is celebrated and guest preachers preach. A party is given in the main square to commemorate the apparition of the Holy Child, with processions, food, drink, music and dancing.

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NEW YEAR'S EVE - A party begins at midnight in the Convento. Feasting, drinking and dancing until dawn and later.