Los Danzaores de la Virgen de la Salud

Fregenal de la Sierra
Extremadura
España

The dance of the Virgen de la Salud is framed within the so-called ritual dances and its first data are recorded in 1757, however, in that first information found, we are already talking about a traditional dance, so its previous origin is unquestionable. A curious fact is the contrasted presence of a drummer from Fregenal in the second trip that Christopher Columbus made to America, in 1493.

Los Danzaores de la Virgen de la Salud

His peculiar clothing, of clearly feminine characters, with strongly starched petticoats and the profusion of the red color in his adornments, except in the case of the “Guión”, that are of green color, ends with a headdress of flowers of mitral form.

The Festival of the Virgen de la Salud, where the dance is ascribed, is celebrated every September 8, central day of the festivity, although the solo drummer, with drum and bagpipe, crosses the streets of the population from day 30 of August, carrying out the parades and stopping in the door of each brother to offer him a fragment of the music of the dance.

The dance and Fiesta de la Virgen de la Salud were declared an Asset of Cultural Interest (BIC), with the character of immaterial property in the year 2017.

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