Wednesday, June 19, 2013


Celedón is the character who comes down from heaven with an umbrella, during the festivities in Vitoria, in Álava (Basque Country, Spain).
The celebrations of Vitoria are held in honour of the Virgen Blanca ("Andre Mari Zuria") whose feast is celebrated on August 5. The celebrations begin a day before the Descent of Celedon that takes place in the Plaza de la Virgen Blanca before a large crowd that receives the character by lighting cigars and opening bottles of champagne.
From the top of the tower of the church of San Miguel, at six in the afternoon, after a loud bang, Celedón descends to the square and mixes in with te crowd. From there he heads up to the balcony of the church from where he gives a speech encouraging everyone to have fun and thus inaugurating the celebrations of the Virgen Blanca. 

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