Vitoria-Gasteiz

Festivals of The Virgen Blanca

August

Fiestas de la Virgen Blanca. Bajada de Celedón

On August 4-9, Vitoria-Gasteiz holds its own “Fiestas”, the festival of the Virgen Blanca (White Virgin).

On August 4, the inhabitants of Vitoria congregate in the Plaza de la Virgen Blanca, to wait for the moment when the clock on the tower of San Miguel chimes six o’clock in the evening, and the Mayor of Vitoria-Gasteiz lights the fireworks to announce the beginning of the festivals of La Blanca, giving way to the highlight of the fiestas, the “Descent of Celedón”.

These festivals have been developed over the years, adapting long-held traditions to the tastes of the modern era and comprise the following main activities: religious ceremonies, music, the “blusas”, children’s activities, bullfighting, theatre, fireworks and sports.

After six days of intense merrymaking and rejoicing, the festival comes to its conclusion on August 9 with the “Ascent of Celedón”.