Romería Virgen de Los Dolores
You’re probably out and about in Lanzarote today and wondering… why so many people are walking in the roads in traditional dresses?? The 15th Of September marks Fiesta Nuestra Señora de los Volcanes and on the Saturday closest to this date a pilgrimage or romería is held all around the island.
The Feast of Los Dolores is one of the longest standing traditions of Lanzarote. On this day many locals from around the island bring out their traditional ´Campesino´clothing and head out to walk the pilgrimage from their home town until Mancha Blanca and the church of Los Dolores
You may be thinking, why is this church so important? Well, many years ago, during the volcanic eruptions of 1736 a priest led his people out in front of the lava flow where they prayed and promised the Virgen de Los Dolores that they will build her a church if their village and fertile lands would not succumb to the volcanic destruction. Miraculously and the point where they had laid a cross the lava flow diverted and continued on a different path, saving the village, its people and their precious lands. This tradition is upheld every year for the locals to pay their respects to their patron saint- La Virgen de Los Dolores. It would be a great idea to pay a visit to Mancha Blanca today and be part of this amazing tradition.