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La Pinochada (Vinuesa)

Regional Tourist Interest.

 

In the middle of the town’s square, a maypole is lifted on August 14th. The candle offering takes place the previous night and August 15th is a holiday in Vinuesa where the icons of Virgen del Pino and San Roque are taken out of the church to roam through the town’s streets. Folk costumes, rosaries and dancing are the essence of this celebration that takes place to the sound of pipes and drums.

 

However, the most important day is August 16th with a feminine celebration that takes us back to the legendary battle with Covaleda for the icon of Virgen del Pino, or as historians say, the fight for landmarks held by the neighbouring town and the victory of Vinuesa thanks to feminine intervention.

 

Hundreds of women and girls dress as piñorras (traditional folk costume) with a pine branch in hand and they hit the men that pass by. The women wield their branches while repeating “De hoy en un año” (“Next year again”) making the men respond “thank you”.

 

This battle representing the fight between the villagers of Vinuesa and Covaleda (who don’t participate) takes place in the town square between the confraternities of Nuestra Señora del Pino, made up by married men, and San Roque with the single ones. The married men win the battle twice, then during the third battle, both sides throw their hats as a sign of shared victory.

 

It is then that the women gather their “weapons” to win over the icon which is celebrated by all with lemonade.

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