Festivals and celebrations in Villanueva de la Jara

Villanueva de la Jara lives in different months of the year of its festivals and celebrations, in which the population enjoys and celebrates different events in what extols its festivals and celebrations.

Villanueva de la Jara’s festivals and celebrations by month.
Tradition, culture and customs of the festivities and celebrations of La Jara.

January 5th the Three Wise Men

On this date at the beginning of the year La Jara celebrates the Three Wise Men’s Parade which goes through the streets of the town and arrives at the Basilica of the Assumption, where gifts are given to the children of Villanueva de la Jara.

San Antón in the town’s hermitage

Celebrating the mass to Saint Anton and the procession of the saint, with music by the Municipal Band of Music and blessing of animals. There is also an auction of products. Also, during the festivities of San Antón, the fifth year olds light a bonfire.

Maundy Thursday

One of the festivities, within the celebrations of La Jara, is Maundy Thursday. The tradition is celebrated in February/March and leads Jareños and Jareñas to spend the day in the countryside in different parts of the municipality.

Carnivals of Villanueva de la Jara

As could not be otherwise, the Carnival of Villanueva de la Jara fills the streets of the town with color and festivities, which are developed through parades, floats and troupes. There is a children’s parade in which the little ones participate and have a snack. The burial of the sardine is on the second Sunday.

The Holy Week of La Jara

A week before Palm Sunday, the Passion of Christ is represented in the streets of the town. The Holy Week of La Jara includes processions and it is one of the busiest weekends of festivities in the village.

Feast of San Miguel

Being the patron saint of mushroom growers, the eighth day of May is the setting for the mass and procession that serves as a preamble to a gastronomic celebration and dance.

In May it is San Isidro

On May 15 Villanueva de la Jara continues its festivities and celebrations with San Isidro. There is a pilgrimage to the saint’s hermitage, a mass and a procession. This is followed by the traditional San Isidro picnic.

Corpus Christi in La Jara

The day of Corpus Christi is celebrated in La Jara with a procession. Villanueva dela Jara decorates its streets and mounts the altars. This feast of Corpus Christi is also the scene of the communions of the children of La Jara.

Election of the Queen of the Festival and her Court of Honor

The Queen of the Festival of Villanueva de la Jara and her court of honor is elected in July. This event includes among other celebrations, such as festivals, also a verbena in the main square.

Film Week in La Jara

During the last week of July in La Jara there is a summer cinema that brings together lovers of the seventh art in the courtyard of the Schools.

August and the Fiestas Patronales de la Virgen de las Nieves (Patron Saint’s Day of the Virgin of the Snows)
The most eagerly awaited festival in La Jara is the one held in honor of its patron saint, the Virgen de las Nieves. Between August 4 and 8 the town succumbs to the multitude of celebrations, the fair, the dance and different festivities that are distributed during the days of the patron saint, who has been the patron saint since 1508.

After midnight, after a Salve Cantada in the Iglesia del Carmen (the Church of the Patron Saint), fireworks illuminate Villanueva de la Jara.


Santa Susana in the Houses of Santa Cruz

The feast of Santa Susana is celebrated in the Jara district of Las Casas de Santa Cruz, on August 10.

Festivities of La Ribera de San Benito

On the last Sunday of September, the Jareño hamlet of San Benito celebrates its festivities in honor of the Virgin of Loreto and San Benito Palermo.

Saint Teresa of Jesus and Villanueva de la Jara

One of the most popular celebrations, after the patron saint festivities, are the festivities of St. Teresa, who passed through the town in 1580 founding the convent of Santa Ana, which is still operating in La Jara. Once again the bonfires illuminate this tradition in which the whole town is involved.

Christmas and New Year’s Eve in La Jara

The Christmas festivities in Villanueva de la Jara are a reason for religious and festive fervor. Of all the celebrations in the town, this is perhaps the most awaited of the winter. The main square is used for the Jareños and Jareñas to welcome the New Year. In the days leading up to Christmas Eve, a living nativity scene is staged and as the end of the festivities, with the new year having begun, a fireworks display is enjoyed and toasted.

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