Category Archives: Galicia

Near Death Experiences, As Neves -Pontevedra

The Near Death Experiences festival, officially named “Romería de Santa Marta de Ribarteme”, is a celebration held every July 29th in San Xosé de Ribarteme, As Neves, in the province of Pontevedra.

The highlight of this romeria it is the fact that some people participate in it in coffins, being carried by family and friends.  This is how local people show gratitude towards Saint Martha – patron saint of resurrection, after surviving a close brush with death or asking for a cure from a serious illness. Continue reading Near Death Experiences, As Neves -Pontevedra

International Festival of the Celtic World, Ortigueira

This year was the XXX Festival of the Celtic World which takes place in Ortigueira, La Coruña.  Pipe bands from several countries during the day and Celtic and rock-music groups at night time played during the four days of the event. Some of them are of international renown, such as the Irish group The Chieftains. We were able to enjoy their concert as the main feature of typical Irish Dance.

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A Rapa Das Bestas, Sabucedo

“A Rapa Das Bestas” is a festival held in La Estrada region, Pontevedra, on the first weekend of July (07-10 July 2017) . It is an old tradition which has been celebrated at least since the  18th Century. It seems  it was for a symbolic initation for the transition from childhood to adulthood.

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