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Friday of pilgrimage, our big day (16/04/2020)

Today is San Roque Friday, our biggest day.

A day that is part of our sentimental and sensory education, of our whitish personality.

A pilgrimage Friday that unfortunately we will all always remember.Our elders tell us that since 1739, the pilgrimage has been repeating itself, year after year, on the Friday following Good Friday, except for the sad period of civil war from 1936 to 1939, when it was not celebrated.Even in these adverse circumstances, we all have in mind the arrival of Tío de la Pita very early in the Plaza de la Iglesia, the beginning of the pilgrimage between music and the smell of gunpowder, to accompany San Roque to his hermitage in the field and celebrate the huertana mass at mid-morning.Thousands of Blanqueños and visitors spend a joyous day of conviviality tasting the traditional monas, among other delicacies, and passing a branch of thyme through the wounds of the Saint.In the afternoon, they touch the donkey in the endless procession, the most playful of all, a feast of the senses that has to do with our need for fun, with primitive instincts of our species, essential to build our identity as a people.From these evocations that invade us on this special day, I have nothing but words of pride and gratitude for the exemplary behavior that the vast majority are demonstrating in the face of this unprecedented health crisis.Fortunately, to date, the incidence of the pandemic in Blanca is marginal, a single confirmed case that has fully recovered.

But we can't let our guard down.From the government team we are working hard to avoid infections, in coordination with the Government Delegation and the Autonomous Community to stop expansion and, above all, to help those most in need, both individuals and businesses.I must confess that, as your mayor, it is a very exciting experience for me to see the solidarity that you are showing in all aspects, both material and human.

This pandemic is going to make us better.I want to thank the Local Police, the cleaning service workers, the Civil Guard and Civil Protection and especially the workers at the residence and the Health Center, supermarkets, essential stores and pharmacies for their commitment.

farmers and carriers.

Everyone is fighting on the front line against this pandemic.And of course, to all the volunteers and companies that offer themselves to us and collaborate in different ways by donating material, food and their time.

It would be impossible to name them all, but I am enormously proud to be your countryman.It is time to be home, so that soon, when we meet again, no one will be missing.I APPLY TO SEPTEMBER 4.VIVA SAN ROQUE AND VIVA BLANCA!

Source: Ayuntamiento de Blanca

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