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Festivity of San Sebastian

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Día de San Sebastián. Tafalla
Día de San Sebastián. Tafalla
Día de San Sebastián. Tafalla
Día de San Sebastián. Tafalla

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Día de San Sebastián. Tafalla  
Every January 20th you can feel the devotion of the tafalleses to their patron saint (San Sebastian) for yourself. The day starts at 06:30 with an aurora (dawn chorus). At 11:30 a crowd gathers in the town's main square - Plaza de Navarre - to see the start of the procession that accompanies the city council to the church of Santa María. Ceremonial giants and dwarfs, pipers, dancers, txistularis (Basque flute players), sergeants-at-arms and drummers all walk in procession behind the town's flag. The cortege is completed by the brass band La Tafallesa.

It is a tradition to venerate the town's three "own symbols": the red beret, which is kissed after Mass to recall a miracle that occurred in Tafalla; a cart with a wax strip that recalls the protection of the patron saint against the plague, and a stone image of the martyr that presides all rites in Tafalla. A very popular event is the víspera (the night before), with groups of friends or families going out for dinner and a drink.

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