Fiestas and Traditions

Meet in detail the upcoming fiesta we celebrate.

In the festive framework, we begin with St. Antonio Abad in January; the Carnival in February; the celebrations of “San Roque” and “Virgen de los Desamparados” in August, with recreational and cultural events; and the Patron Saint Festivities in honour of “San Miguel” and the “Virgen de Gracia”, that take place at the end of September and the first week of October, with celebrations of bulls.

But the most charismatic fiesta of Viver is the celebrated in honour of “San Francisco de Paula”, which has as its culmination the distribution of rice of the Saint.

Three Wise Men Parade. It is celebrated on January 5th. The Trhee Wise Men come in floats and a parade that runs through the Plaza Mayor (Main Square), Plaza del Angel (Angel's Square) and Plaza de la Constitución (Constitution Square) is performed. After the parade, the Three Wise Men, distributed a gift to all children attending in the hall of the House of Culture.

St. Anthony. Is celebrated Saturday and Sunday following the January 17th. The Saturday morning Mass was celebrated in honor of St. Anthony, animals are blessed in the Main Square and a roll of Saint Anthony is distributed to all attendees; afternoon horse races are held in the Natural Park of La Floresta and at night we celebrate Toro Embolao (Bull with Fire Balls) and verbena.

Carnavales.The last week of February is celebrated. All people dressed made a parade through the streets of the town and then act an orchestra.

Holy Week. These festivities are organized by the Confraternities of Viver. They usually start with a cry, and during holidays ther are religious processions.

Patron Saint Festivities in honour of "San Francisco de Paula" (St. Francis of Paula). They are the most emblematic celebrations of the municipality. They take place on Friday and Sunday of the second week of Easter, we start this fiesta with a bonfire the bonfire, masses and processions are held in honor of San Francisco. The mos singular event is the distribution of Arroz del Santo (Rice of the Saint) that is blessed by the village priest. This rice is distributed from four hundred years ago, when the monks of the convent of San Francisco de Paula gave it to the poorest people of the village. Besides religious events, highlight the great verbenas, and numerous events for children.

Oil Fair. Is usually held in June in the Park La Floresta. This fair has over fifty exhibitors, among whom are shops and cultural associations of the village. This fair is organized by the Hon. Town Council and the Olive Cooperative of Viver, but also has other sponsors, including the Hon. Provincial Government.

Agust Fiestas. Held during the month of August. The first week "Reinas de las Fiestas" (Queens of Fiestas) and her court are presented. On the night of August 15 is celebrated San Roque; in it, a great festival takes place and people often spend the night without sleep. At seven o'clock in the morning, in the church square, canes and handkerchiefs are distributed and people climbing on pilgrimage to the shrine of San Roque, where a mass is held in honor of the saint. At the end a roll blessed is distributed. The penultimate week of August is celebrated bullfighting week.

Patron Saint Festivites are celebrated between September and October in honour of "San Miguel Arcángel" and "Virgen de Gracia". On September 29th and 30th and October 1st, religious events are held in honor of these saints. And as of October 1st, taurine week begins where we celebrate "Toros Embolaos" (Bulls with small fireballs on the horns), bulls exhibitions through the streets of the town "Running of the Bulls".

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