“Festival in honour of San Miguel Arcángel”
The appointed day is on the 29th of September. San Miguel Archangel is the patron saint of Pineda Trasmonte. The festival takes place with a solemn mass.
Once concluded the mass, San Miguel Archangel is taken out in procession, he is taken on a portable platform by the men, and the rest of the people dance or follow the procession with great devotion.
If the festival doesn’t happen to fall on a weekend, the dance is transferred to Friday or Saturday (or both days), so that everybody can enjoy it. They also organise some activities like competitions of paso doble, cards championship, some soccer games, etc.
Virgin of the Rock
It takes place on the 21st of May. The procession is the most outstanding event, since there is great devotion to this virgin. The festival begins with a mass in the chapel, where the figure of the virgin usually stays, and after that the figure is taken to the church, where it remains until the afternoon of the following day, when it is returned to the chapel.
Nobody knows when this tradition started, but it is repeated year after year. The virgin is taken in a portable platform by the women, while the rest of the people dance or follow the procession.
Formerly, the arms of the portable platform were auctioned and the winners had the privilege of taking the virgin into the chapel (this custom was suppressed by Don Félix). For many years, the Virgin of the Perpetual Socorro was taken out, until the Virgin of the Rock was restored some years ago.
This is the religious aspect of the festival, but there are also many activities which, years ago, used to be organised by the young people in the village and supervised by the city council: dances and “verbenas”, paso doble competitions, trapshooting, car races, popular dances, etc
The Absent Pinedian
This celebration usually takes place the third week of August, coinciding with the “Our Lady’s Assumption”. In its first editions, the mayor sent letters to all the families from this town in order to meet the greatest number of people, even from places as distant as Argentina. The answer on the part of people was stupendous and in its first edition families that had not stepped their homeland in 40 years attended. The first years it was a spectacular success.
What in the beginning was the reunion of families that one day had left from this village to different places looking for a better future has become, in the last years, a week full of cultural activities of all kinds and for everybody.
The number of activities that have been carried out in the last ten years has been spectacular: theatre plays, programs in local television, painting exhibitions, handicrafts, farm tools, photograph competitions, fancy dress competitions, singer impressions, model parades, magic, children Olympiads, trips around the county, tortilla and paella competitions, car races. The difference between the cultural week now and its first editions is that all the activities used to be carried out by people from the village.
The atmosphere during the week in which this festivity takes place is awesome. the Saturday is the most important day, it is the day of a picnic in Valdecarros, in which we see people that left some time ago and when they return for one day to see their town and their old neighbours.