Madrid´s patron saint – San Isidro – who has been credited with hundred of miracles both during and after his life will take centre stage once more as his feast day is celebrated in the capital.
Madrid´s city council have announced a full programme of cultural, musical and religious activities and events for the week of the 15th May.
2021 will once more seen the return to Madrid´s streets of chulapos and chulapas ( traditional 19th century costume) in honour of thir patron.
For the first time in two years Madrileños will be able to drink the saint’s holy water from the springs of the Hermitage of San Isidro amid the fiestas of the Romería celebrations in the Pradera de San Isidro (San Isidro’s meadow).
The Romería is the traditional pilgrimage to the hermitage of San Isidro where locals spend the day enjoying music, dancing and eating typical dishes of the fiesta such as ‘entresijos’ (lamb mesentery) and ‘gallinejas’ (fried lamb intestines) or ‘rosquillas’ (small ring-shaped breadsticks) with sugar/ all washed down with plentiful limonada (a drink made with wine, lemon, sugar and chopped fruit).
Besides the Pradera, the Vistillas district by the Puente de Segovia and the Plaza Mayor are popular meeting spots to enjoy the verbenas (popular night festivities)
At midnight the Retiro Park´s monument to King Alfonso XII is the epicentre for the annual firwork display.
This year will also see a special San Isidro celebration in IFEMA which usually hosts trade fairs but has been speciality adapted for the festivities with all the traditional features replicated for a safe and fun family day out.
During the week Madrid will see a number of traditional religious ceremonies: the blessing of the water from the San Isidro fountain, a mass at the Colegiata de San Isidro, the Eucharist in the Chapel of the Cuadra de San Isidro, as well as the Romería church service.
In addition, there will be concerts ( rock, folk, traditonal and classical) as well as dancing and the traditional chotis competitions throughout the city.