La Romeria Del Rocio Brings Roughly A Million Pilgrims Together

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The Virgin of El Rocio is carried out the Hermitage by members of the... News PhotoBrother,Horizontal,Human Interest,Males,Morning,People,Religion,Spain,Spirituality,TimePhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesSANLUCAR DE BARRAMEDA, SPAIN - MAY 20: The Virgin of El Rocio is carried out the Hermitage by members of the brotherhood of Matriz de Almonte after they jumped the fence, el salto de la reja, in the early hours of May 20, 2013 in Sanlucar De Barrameda, Spain. The Romeria del Rocio procession brings together roughly a million pilgrims each year making their way for as long as seven days from throughout Andalusia by foot, on horsebacks and horse drawn carriages, to the doors of the Hermitage of El Rocio. On Sunday night, after reciting the Holy Rosary at candlelight, and the passing of all the simpecados in front of the chapel, with the one from the brotherhood of Matriz de Almonte as the last one, el salto de la reja begins, the jumping of the fence surrounding the Hermitage after which the Virgin of El Rocio is carried out onto the sandy streets of the small town for the 'Blanca Paloma' procession. Then, the long camino home begins. Dating back from 1653, it was in 1758, when the Virgin of Las Rocinas became known as the Virgin of El Rocio, that the pilgrimage started to take place in the weekend of the Sunday of Pentecost, 50 days after Easter Sunday. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)