Festivities in honor of the patron saint of St. Francis of Assisi
Cájar, the municipality where Hotel La Garapa is located, celebrates every year its patron saint festivities in honor of St. Francis of Assisi. These festivities, which are held during the month of October, are one of the main traditions of the municipality and attract visitors from all over the region.
Origin and traditions
The patron saint festivities of Cájar have been celebrated since the 18th century. In the beginning, these festivities were of a religious nature, with masses, processions and acts of devotion to the patron saint of the municipality. However, with the passing of time, the festivities incorporated ludic and festive elements, such as the verbena, concerts and fairground attractions.
Nowadays, Cájar’s patron saint festivities are a festive and popular event that takes place over several days. The festival program includes religious events, such as the high mass and the procession of the patron saint, as well as recreational and festive events, such as the verbena, concerts, fairground rides, sports competitions and cultural activities.
Throughout its history, Cájar’s patron saint festivities have experienced some outstanding moments. In 1992, the festivities were declared of Provincial Tourist Interest. In 2001, the image of St. Francis of Assisi was canonically crowned. And in 2012, the festivities were declared of Andalusian Tourist Interest.
You must come to the patron saint festivities of San Francisco in Cájar
The patron saint festivities of San Francisco in Cájar are a festive and popular event that brings together neighbors and visitors from all over the region. These festivities are an opportunity to enjoy the tradition, culture and gastronomy of Cájar.
Some curious facts
The image of San Francisco de Asís that is venerated in Cájar is a wood carving from the XVI century.
The tarasca, a giant dragon that runs through the streets of the village during the festivities, is a tradition that dates back to the nineteenth century.
The verbena of the patron saint festivities is one of the most popular in the region.
The festivities of Cájar are an ideal time to taste the typical dishes of the local cuisine, such as migas, gazpacho or ajoblanco.