FIESTAS in the honour of the Virgen del Castillo are underway in Yecla and carry on until tomorrow (Friday) and again on Sunday December 17.
The fiestas have been declared as being of National Tourist Interest as it is combined with remembering a group of local soldiers who went to fight against Catalonia in a 1642 war. Thanks are given to the Virgen as all the soldiers returned from the conflict without a single scratch. The fiestas feature a number of local people dressed as soldiers in formal uniforms and includes a great deal of gunfire from firearms of that period.
Thursday December 7:
9am – The statue of the Virgen leaves the Santuario del Castillo and is slowly brought down to the Plaza Mayor where she is received by officials.
7pm – Flower Offering Parade along Calles Niño Jesús, Hospital, Cruz de Piedra, Zaplana, Francisco Castao, Maestro Mora, San José, Don Lucio, San Pascual, Parque de la Constitución, San Francisco finishing at the Basílica de la Purísima.
Friday December 8:
6.30pm – Procession with the statue of the patron, orchestras, and the firing of the blunderbuss guns from the Basilica along Calles Juan Ortuño, Pintor Aguirre, Niño Jesús, Hospital, Placeta de Ortega, España, Iberia, San Antonio, Rambla and San José ending in the Plaza de San Cayetano for the traditional firework display.
Sunday December 17:
10am – The act of the Minerva at the Basílica de la Purísima with more firings of the blunderbuss guns.
5.30pm – The statue of the Virgen begins the journey back up to the Santuario del Castillo, along Martínez Corbalán, Plaza Mayor and the Plaza Concejal Sebastián Perez, and her arrival is followed by a firework display to close the fiestas.