Our heritage.- Legend in Arnedillo: ‘the smoke procession’

In our village, Arnedillo, there’s a legend which tells us how our ancestors were able to stop a small pox epidemic.

We know that on the day which this legend is commemorated a saint’s statue is taken out onto the streets, but as we couldn’t remember what his name was we looked it up on the web.

We won’t forget that his name was San Andres, St Andrew, and there is also a hermitage near our school where this statue is kept. So we decided to go so a brother of this church and also a history expert could explain this legend to us.

The last Sunday of November we celebrate the festivity of San Andres, mostly known as the Smoke procession.

To try to stop the epidemic they burnt rosemary in bonfires in the streets. To make it more effective they also took a saint’s statue out onto the streets, it was the one whose candle burnt the longest. It was St Andrew who is also the health protector.

We now continue with this tradition because people say that it prevents colds and flus all year round.

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