Spaniards are well-known for his or her love of fiery fun. Similar to the Valencia Festival "Las Fallas" which regularly gets top notch acclaim, the "more youthful" colleague "Las Luminarias" is much less known however just as outstanding. The Las Luminarias festival takes place on the eve of St. Anthony's day January 16th within the village of San Bartolome de Pinares close to the eponymous capital of the province of Avila approximately 100 km from Madrid.
Its traditions combine the pre-Christian magical rituals of nearby peasants with Catholic beliefs. About six hundred villagers in the province of Avila annually gather on the outskirts of the city to behavior a fireplace ceremony for the purification of their horses. Those brave souls able to keep their mounts through the flames of a massive bonfire will be included from sicknesses and different misfortunes for an entire 12 months.
The fiery dinner party starts offevolved at around 7:30 pm at the signal of the church bell. The most important occasion precedes the solemn procession alongside the relevant streets of San Bartolome de Pinares, led with the aid of the icon of Saint Anthony, who is especially revered there.