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The municipality of Cillorigo de Liébana still preserves some old traditions and the popular "festejos" (fiestas). Within popular religiosity, the Easter acts stand out, in the Honour Valley of Bedoya. In Esanos a procession takes place on Easter Friday, making as if it were the Calvary stops until they arrive to the church of San Pedro de Bedoya. It is tradition that a youngster who is about to go that year to the military service acts as a Nazarene, carrying the Cross and seconded by the "Cireneos". The "Rosario de la Buena Muerte" is also traditionally sung in Bedoya.

In the larger local fiestas, Tama celebrates the festivity of San Isidro Labrador in May, with a mass. Later, there´s a raffle of farm tools and other gifts within the cattlemen in the municipality; there´s also a lively open-air dance and "verbena".


The first day of August the neighbours in the six villages of Bedoya go to the hermitage of San Pedro de Toja, in Toja. After the mass they go on a procession with the Saint around the building. There is a great devotion in the whole valley.

In the hermitage of San Tirso (Ojedo), a magnificent open-air dance takes place on the last Sunday of August. A lot of people from the valley turn up at this field, which is an impressive balcony over Liébana with great views to Picos de Europa. There´s a campaign mass and later a procession carying the Saint around the hermitage. There is a custom from inmemorial times of jumping over the fire in the centre of the field, and the town council of Cillorigo offers a magnificent appetiser to the visitors, with portions of lamb. There is country food and many children games besides the traditional music.

Every five years a marvellous fiesta takes place on the summit of the "Pico San Carlos" also called "Sagrado Corazón" (2,212 meters), in Picos de Europa. The town council of Cillorigo financed the expenses of changing the brass image of the "Sagrado Corazón" (Sacred Heart), which was very deteriorated by the effect of thunder, and organises a party which began in 1900, at first celebrated every ten years, but every five later on, as it is today. Many local people turn up, as well as many mountaineers from many points of the Spanish geography, or even from abroad. The main access routes are from Bejes through Andara and from Viñón through the pasture lands of Trulledes accross the San Carlos Channel. There is a campaign mass and food in the pastures of Andara, to conclude with a lively open-air dance and "verbena" in Bejes. The next fiesta will take place in the year 2,000, when it will be 100 years since this fiesta began.

In the municipality of Cillorigo, many other popular fiestas are celebrated, like that one in the hermitage of Guadalupe, from where there are beautiful views of Bedoya and Tama; in the hermitage of San Miguel or in the hermitage of Santa Lucía, above Armaño.




Day 7.- San Julián - Lebeña
Day 20.- San Sebastián - Ojedo
Day 22.- San Vicente Mártir - Cillorigo


Day15.- San Isidro Labrador - Tama


Day 24.- San Juan - Cabañes and Salarzón.
Day 29.- San Pedro - San Pedro de Bedoya


First Sunday.- El Rosario - Lebeña
First Sunday.- Fiesta Sagrado Corazón - Pico San Carlos (celebrated every five years)
Day 1.- San Pedro Advíncula - San Pedro de Bedoya (hermitage of San Pedro de Toja)
Day 10.- San Lorenzo - Colio
Day 15.- Nuestra Señora - Bejes, Esanos and Tama
Day 16.- San Roque - Aliezo and Bejes
Last Sunday of the month.- San Tirso - Ojedo (hermitage of San Tirso)


Day 15.- Nuestra Señora del Rosario - Esanos
Day 29.- San Miguel - Pumareña


Day 11.- San Martín - Viñón


Day 8.- Inmaculada Concepción - Cobeña and Pendes
Day 10.- Santa Eulalia ­ Llayo
Day 13.- Santa Lucía ­ Armaño
Day 18.- Nuestra Señora de la O - Trillayo

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