San Miguel is the patron saint of mushroom growers in Villanueva de la Jara Cuenca.

In Villanueva de la Jara, every May 8, San Miguel is celebrated as the patron saint of mushroom growers. The mushroom is the «vellocino jareño». The town has always been known for the cultivation of mushrooms, first in caves and later in basements. It is, therefore, one of the agricultural activities with which jareños and jareñas have earned their living.

What is celebrated on San Miguel

Traditionally, for San Miguel in Villanueva de la Jara a mass is celebrated with a morning procession. The celebration also includes a brotherhood meal and a dance is usually organized.

Procession of the saint

And since San Miguel Arcángel is the patron saint of the mushroom growers of La Jara, the celebrations and festivities -although it seems that they are celebrated in a changing way- not long ago a mass and procession of the saint to the Hermitage of San Miguel took place at 8 pm and afterwards the brotherhood invited to a wine of honor.

On May 8, the apparition of the Archangel St. Michael on Mount Gargano (Italy) is celebrated. This event is of great importance because it alludes to the oldest known apparition of St. Michael. To commemorate it, the hymn of the Roman liturgy of May 8, which is dedicated to St. Michael, is recited during the offices of Vespers and Matins.

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Hermitage of San Miguel

This is a place of great significance for the inhabitants of Villanueva de la Jara. For San Miguel Arcángel the procession brings together most of the town to commemorate the feast and celebration.

The hermitage of San Miguel and these festivities are an integral part of life in Villanueva de la Jara, reflecting its history and cultural heritage. In addition, it is interesting to note that in this feast of San Miguel La Jara was a pioneer in Spain in the cultivation of this mushroom.

A street of San Miguel Patron of Mushroom Growers

As it could not be otherwise, there is a San Miguel street in Villanueva de la Jara. It is just a stone’s throw from the Plaza de Santa Clara.

There are people looking to locate streets and when you want to locate a specific place in town, it is best to consult the map of Villanueva de la Jara.

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