It should have occurred to me but it didn’t. If the Virgen de la Luz is escorted into town every September for the week of Feria she must have some way of getting back out to her shrine afterwards so she can do the whole thing again the following year. I hadn’t given the matter much thought but if pushed I suppose I imagined her being secreted away under cover of night when all the excitement had died down, or perhaps popped onto the back of a pickup as surreptitiously as possible. Nothing to see here folks, type of thing.
But that would mean the Spanish passing up on the opportunity to have a procession, which of course is inconceivable. And so it was that I found myself outside the church in the centre of town this last Sunday, unable to move for all the people, most of them of a certain age and all in their Domingo best. More