Undoubtedly, Lucena, known for its industriousness and for its important furniture, cold, metals or food industry, is also recognized for its monuments, festivals and traditions. The Aracelitanas Festivities, without doubt, together with Holy Week, the most deeply rooted and popular traditions of Lucena. In addition, it’s declared of National Tourist Interest. The devotion to the Virgin of Araceli, has its origin, when the II Marquis of Comares, Lord of Lucena, during a visit to Rome, is captivated by the image of the Virgin of Araceli, so orders to carve a replica and to bring it to Lucena, task that was fulfilled on April 27, 1562, day in which the same arrived in the city. Her brotherhood was constituted soon after, and likewise took her sanctuary. The celebrations in honour to the Virgin, begin, when The Virgin is descent in Pilgrimage the penultimate Sunday of April, from its Sanctuary, erected in the top of the Mountain range of Aras, and with a route of about 6 km in which through Santeros, a part of the road, and through the People, the other, take part in the procession to our Patron, until arriving at the city, where the Major Aracelitana awaits her, and her court of honour, that will accompany her to the church of San Mateo, place where the image usually resides until its rise back to the Sanctuary. The festivities must always coincide with the first Sunday of May, beginning on Friday, with the Aracelitano Proclamation, and continue on Saturday, with the offering of flowers, in which most of the people from Lucena participate, and in which the Major Aracelitana and her ladies dressed in the typical costume of Lucena adorn the altar of the Virgin with the thousands of flowers collected for Her. The party continues on Sunday, in which the Patron is processioned through the streets of Lucena by santeros, an honour and pride for them, since only thirty-six santeros are chosen. While the Virgin advances, an endless flower petals are thrown in Her path and the people sing Her anthem. Once the Image approaches its temple, thousands of fireworks flood the sky with noise and color. The Virgin is again brought to her Sanctuary, the first Sunday of June, for which, and in the same way that is made the descent, the santeros and the people procession it, until arriving at the top of the Mountain range of Aras, where it normally resides. From Lucena, we invite all Andalusians, to visit us, as our culture, and traditions are open to anyone who wants to enjoy a party such as the Virgin of Araceli, which certainly will not leave you indifferent.
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