Normally Mer is a sleepy village where one encounters the odd tractor and twice daily the « hora punto de vacas » (rush hour of the cows).
BUT San Jose or St. Josephs day is yet another story.
The tenth century saw the introduction of a feast day, usually on the 19th of March. The actual day of the feast may move slightly, should it fall within lent.
It is one of the 9 national holidays which get augmented by regional and local holidays to a maximum of 14! (more details here at WikiPedia)
It all started last year and this year, true enough, we again had our own fiesta San Jose in Mer.
If you rather want to see all the pictures -> Picture slide-show San Jose 2010 Mer Ribeira Sacra
Impaciente ? Todas las fotos -> Presentacion diapositivos San Jose 210 Mer Ribeira Sacra
On the Friday the population of Mer starts to grow. From far (Switzerland) and wide people who lived here, families and friends start to congregate. Preparations start in earnest.
On Saturday we all assemble at our capila (chapel).
The local saint is taken for his yearly airing along Mer High Street to bless the village.
To make sure everyone knows about it the church bell rings and a good couple of bangs ensure that the long winter is forgotten.
A well attended mass is held before we all relax again and make our way to aperitifs.
The serious business of feasting is than undertaken.
No fiesta would run smoothly without the « dinner ladies »
« Dinner Ladies / Las damas la cena » fue una serie de televisión del Reino Unido acerca de una cantina en una fábrica y oficina.
Having been sufficiently fortified the « real » party starts.
Oh no – this is only tolerated for children – Dinner at 11 and than the party goes on!
See all the pictures – See what you miss……..
All I can say – It’s great to live in Mer – The secret center of Sober in the Ribeira Sacra Galicia Spain.