7 July 2015
Every five years a spectacular festivity takes place in Santa Cruz de La Palma, the capital of La Palma: the "Bajada de la Virgen de las Nieves", one of the most popular festivities of the Canary Islands. The "fiesta" consists of a series of processions, dances and cultural activities, that have its origin in 1676. In this year the bishop of the Canaries, Bartolomé García Ximénez, visited the island. At the same time the population was suffering the effects of a severe drought. During other natural disasters (droughts, volcanic eruptions and insect pests) the Holy statue of the Virgen de las Nieves had been taken from its church in the hills of Santa Cruz and brought to the capital to take away the bad. The bishop made the decision to do so again and as the procession was well-received among the population, it was decided that the "Bajada de la Virgen de las Nieves" should be celebrated every five years.
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