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PORTADA LA ALBORADA

ALBORADA,

Sáb, Sep 30, 4am

Jardín Principal

The Keys to Understand the Alborada

By Jesús Aguado

 

The alborada (dawn) is an offering that lights up the sky to honor St. Michael the Archangel. The rain of fireworks lasts for about 60 minutes.

 

The first alborada—brought from Salvatierra—took place in San Miguel in December 1924, to honor the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception. Since 1925, it has taken place in September to honor St. Michael, the patron saint of this city.

 

The fiesta begins after 9pm—the Friday before the holiday—with kermes[P1] at El Valle, La Aurora, and La Estación; there the attendees dance, eat, and drink. The celebration is open to the general public.

 

At 3am, three parades leave from El Valle, Aurora, and Estación, moving toward the Jardín.

 

The parade features giant wooden structures simulating celestial bodies (stars, planets, comets, moons, and other images) that represent the arrival of daylight.

 

At 3:45am the three parades meet at the corner of Hidalgo, Plaza Principal, and Canal. After circling the Jardín Principal three times the people sing the mañanitas (birthday song) to the patron saint. Once they finish the chant, the hour-long rain of fireworks begins.

 

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