Camino de Santiago - Day 21
My first Camino marker of the day was the sugar packet that came with my cafe' con leche. Terrie and I decided that we would take a taxi to our next destination - I would go the entire way and she would get dropped off and walk part of the day. While we waited for our taxi and enjoyed our cafe' I started reading about Villafranca del Bierzo- the town we were in. We discovered that May 1 - today is a very important Festival day in this area.
Sunday May 1 is "A Festa do Maio", one of its oldest traditions, which has survived to this day, from generation to generation , organized by the School of Bagpipes Cultural Association and with the collaboration of the City of Villafranca del Bierzo. Declared a Provincial Tourist Interest, which is a celebration of spring, represented by plant species, which are made to look like a ritual, by which it asks the plant spirits to favor the fertility of the people. It is living maios, for that youth and children are covered with branches of "cañaveira