Traditions

Our parties gather us around nature,
Religion, gastronomy, bullfighting and joy

Belmonte de Tajo is a town of endearing traditions preserved with enthusiasm through the years.

 

Celebrating the most important holidays inspires participation, artistic expression and coexistence. The festivities in honor of Santísimo Cristo de la Flagelación (Christ at the Column) and San Isidro take place in May, and the Fiestas Mayores in honor of Nuestra Señora la Virgen del Rosario and Nuestra Señora la Virgen del Socorro, the patron saint of the municipality, are held in September. Finally, the Semana Santa Easter week, with the local performance of the Passion of Christ, is another popular event that draws many crowds.

Our festivities and traditions are maintained and carried out thanks to the Belmonte de Tajo Agricultural Association, the Hermandad del Santísimo Cristo de la Flagelación, the Hermandad de la Virgen del Socorro and the Cultural Association of La Estrella.

MARCH | APRIL
Easter Holidays

Saint Thursday • Silent Procesion
The Christ at the Column, Our Lady of Solitude, and the Crucified Christ are carried from the church Nuestra Señora de la Estrella to Monte Calvario. At Monte Calvario, the Belmonte de Tajo Chorus sings a motet about the images.

Saint Friday • Dramatization of the Passion of Christ
For decades, the southeast region of the Community of Madrid has celebrated the Passion of Christ, which brings residents together in a renowned religious cultural event held in a rural setting.

This celebration has taken place in Belmonte de Tajo since 1994, when a group of residents and the parish priest at the time recreated the Passion of Christ for the first time. As of 1997, the “La Estrella” Cultural Association has directed and organized this event.

Approximately 150 people participate in the event, including local artists who create the stage as well as the costumes. In 2003 and 2004, Belmonte de Tajo was invited to Adra, Almería, to perform its unique recreation of the Passion of Christ.

Sunday of “Resurrección”
Families and friends join together in the countryside where they eat typical food called “hornazo”. Typical cake decorated with hard boiled eggs and aniseed.

MAY Celebrations in Honor of the Holy Christ of the Flagellation

Festivities of San Isidro, Farmers’ Patron

The novenas, which are the daily masses in honor of Christ, take place nine days before the Holy Christ celebration. Each novena ends with the use of incense and by singing the hymn of Christ, accompanied by the church choir every night. The President invites all residents to lemonade and pastries at Pretil to mark the celebration.

Three days before May 15 (the San Isidro Labrador Celebration), the Saint is carried in a procession from the chapel Ermita de Nuestra Señora de la O to the church Nuestra Señora de la Estrella, which will hold three days of mass (Triduum) to honor the Saint. On the 15th, San Isidro is returned to the chapel after a succulent meal served to residents by the Agricultural Association.

Main Celebration

Main celebrations honoring the Virgin of Socorro,
our Patron Saint, and the Virgin of Rosario.

September is the month of our main celebrations honoring the Virgin of Socorro, our Patron Saint, and the Virgin of Rosario. Bull running, processions, music, theatre, popular art, fun activities and grastronomy are part of the program of celebrations.

September 8 is the day of the Virgen del Socorro and the novenas take place the nine days beforehand; these masses foster the coming together of the Virgins and the people. At the end of each ceremony, incense is used alongside the images and parishioners sing the hymn together with the church choir.

Main square of Belmonte de Tajo at parties

Other Celebrations

“Los Mayos”, Songs to the patroness of welcome to the spring: 30 April • “Los Mayos” are songs of welcoming to the Spring time dedicated to the Virgin Maria.
Corpus Cristi:
The Procession of “Corpus Cristi” celebrates the rising of Jesus Christ form Earth to Heaven. The streets of the town are decorated with flowers.

Curiosities

Virgin of Socorro: The legend tells us of the Virgin appearing at “El Socorro”, this is the crossing of the villages Colmenar, Valdelaguna, Chinchón y Belmonte de Tajo.
Virgin of Rosario: The original statue of the Virgin of Rosario was destroyed during the Civil War. In the 1940´s the Town Hall bought a new statue.
Christ of Flagellation: The last of the celebrations of Christ, we offer flowers to “Santísimo”.