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Fiestas de San Juan (Soria capital)

Regional Tourist Interest.

 

The capital’s local festivities last five days starting from the Wednesday after Saint John, although Sorians start warming up for this massive party and getting into the festive mode during Spring.

 

The city suddenly goes centuries back in time when twelve Lords controlled the Common State of Soria. The city is divided into twelve neighbourhoods or cuadrillas, each with their leaders called Jurados, their own bull, organisation and their own Patron Saint. There are concerts, singing and groups called peñas that all gather for this festivity in Valonsadero and throughout the town. Tradition, people, explosions and a lot of wine are awaiting you in San Juan.

 

San Juanes begins with El Catapán, on the first Sunday of May, where the locals warm up to the summer parties by visiting each and every cuadrilla’s event hall where they are welcomed with wine, bread, cheese and dry cod. On one of the first Saturdays of June, El Lavalenguas inaugurates Valonsadero with a celebration where each cuadrilla picks their bull. After that comes La Compra (buying of the bulls) which is also celebrated in Valonsadero. All these pre-celebrations, as they are known among the locals, help prepare Sorians for five days of straight celebration starting with Miércoles del Pregón, where the Mayor announces the start of San Juan. The next day, Jueves La Saca, Sorians go back to Valonsadero where horsemen gather in front of the bullpen waiting for it to open and to guide the bulls on their way to the Bullfighting Ring. On Viernes de Toros, as its name in Spanish suggests, bullfighters battle day and night against the bulls that arrived the previous day to the ring full of people inside, but also outside where the party continues. The next day, on Sábado Agés, there is an auction at each neighbourhood’s event hall where the highest bidder gets a piece of ‒yes, you’ve guessed it‒ bull’s meat. On Domingo de Calderas, the most magnificent day of the week, the city wakes up early to see all the members of the cuadrillas, peñas, Jurados and locals dressed in their best traditional attire carrying their Patron Saint and their caldera, a decorated icon honouring the celebration of San Juan. The last day, Lunes de Bailas, everybody goes down to the pastureland near the river to have an afternoon snack and dance, to then return to the main square to sing “good-bye” to San Juan and wait for the next year.

 

All these celebrations are carried out following unwritten rules where tradition lives on to the rhythm of unique music, each day having their own sanjuanera, accompanied by pipes and drums.

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Jueves La Saca
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Domingo de Calderas
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