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Villagarcia de Arousa

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Villagarcia de Arousa is in honor Santa Rita.
Water is life's mater and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water.

Albert Szent-Gyorgyi
A few people wearing raincoats soaking eachother with water.
$1.25
Monday, February 28, 2014
Vol XCIII, No. 311
What is the Significance?
What is the Celebration in Honor of?
Where and When does this Celebration Take Place
What are the Rituals, Foods/Drinks,
Interesting Facts
Similar Countries & Holidays
It happens on August 16, right after they have their religious ceremony and it is on the coast of Galicia.

Sometimes, like in this photo to the right, they have people who dance in the streets before they start throwing water.
The people have a religious ceremony where they carry a saint around while everyone splashes each other through the street. They also use around 30 tons of water for this festival. Some of the food they eat during this "holiday/festival" is milk, bread, rice, eggs, chicken, fruits and vegetables.

People wear colorful clothes like t-shirts, shorts, and a few people wear sandals. They normally have colorful flags hanging in the streets for decoration.
The towns have found more than their share of phones/cameras. Make sure you have water proof everything, or leave it all behind.
You will get soaked! Make sure that if you don't want to get wet, that you stay in your hotel with your windows and everything shut. As soon as you leave your room, the staff will soak you.
This holiday is known for the fun as well as people drinking. Expect people to be in the streets partying and drinking.
Keep a good attitude. Don't get mad, because no one can avoid getting wet.


They have a few stations of hoses for people. If it's sunny they can make rainbows.
Villagarcia de Arousa happens on the 16th day of the hottest month of the year. The festival was created ten years ago after a long period of having a drought. The people begged the help of their patron saint and took his statue from the church in procession, through the streets. When the procession was over the faithful went on begging heaven for water. The people who were looking on, from their balconies, obeyed the plea and threw buckets of the water.
Some similar holidays are Festival of Santa Rita, Festival of the San Roque, and Festival of the Ameixa of Carril. It is taken place in these parts in the city of Garcia:
Arealonga, Bamio, Carril, Cea, Sobradelo, and more. These festivals listed have it for 10 days, and they go to the church. For Vilagarcia de Arousa, they have it for a couple days, and they just get everyone wet!!
People get buckets of water/hoses/water balloons and throw the water at people, like a water war.
How do they Dress and Decorate?
About the Water Festival
Villagarcia de Arousa
It is celebrated at New Years.
The traditional way to wish someone luck during this holiday (in Songkran) and "make peace" after splashing them is: sah-wah-dee pee mai. Which basically means happy new year.
You will most likely hear "suk san wan" more often than sah-wah-dee pee mai, which means "happy Songkran day".
This elephant is being used to spray water on a few people.
It is mostly taken place in Galicia, Spain, and the province of Pontevedra, Songkran, Thailand, celebrates Vilagarcia de Arousa.
Here are a few people celebrating the fun of the water festival! They are wearing colorful clothes and using buckets for splashing.
This little girl is riding on har dad's shoulders
enjoying the water. :)
People throwing water on top of the people on the streets.
A dance happening before the water
starts being thrown.
More Interesting Facts
Sources
http://www.cyberspain.com/life/water.htm
http://goasia.about.com/od/Events-and-Holidays/a/Thailand-Water-Festival.htm
http://www.minube.net/what-to-do/spain/pontevedra/vilagarcia_de_arousa
http://www.travelocafe.com/2010/08/villagarcia-de-arousa-water-festival.html
http://www.numbeo.com/food-prices/city_result.jsp?country=Spain&city=Vilagarcia+de+Arousa
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