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Festival of San Isidro, the labourer

San Isidro Labrador.
San Isidro Labrador. / SUR
  • Churriana is preparing for its annual celebration in honour of San Isidro Labrador, the patron saint of farmers and land workers

Churriana is preparing for its annual celebration in honour of San Isidro Labrador, the patron saint of farmers and land workers.

This year's festivities will begin at 10am on Sunday 6 May, when the town will participate in the traditional pilgrimage to the shrine of the saint. The celebrations will include concerts and street performances, but the highlight of the week, the Procession of San Isidro Labrador, takes place on Sunday 13 May at 7pm.

San Isidro was a Spanish farm worker known for his piety toward the poor land workers and animals. His real name was Isidro de Merlo y Quintana and he was said to have possessed mysterious powers because he was often accompanied by a pair of angels.

The festival finishes on Tuesday 15 May, when the choir of the Hermandad de la Romero performs a concert in the San Antonio Abad Church in Churriana.

This festival is celebrated in many towns and villages in Andalucía.