The Pilgrimage of the Virgin of Regla del Pinar is a country festival from the late 40s. It is celebrated on Sunday June 4 in the Pinar de Chipiona.
The Brotherhood of Our Lady of Regla del Pinar has already arranged its program of activities, which will begin on Thursday June 1 with the transfer of the Virgin from the hermitage to the Sanctuary of Regla at 8:00 p.m. On Friday, June 2, the usual floral offering will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Humilladero, which will also remain open in the morning, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. On Saturday, June 3, the celebration of Women's Day will take place in the pine forest. At noon snails and rice will be offered in the Brotherhood house, as well as an aperitif in the booths with sevillanas dances. In addition, trophies will be awarded to 'The best dressed lady' and 'The best dance partner'. They will be delivered at 6:00 p.m. Starting at 8:00 p.m., the Sevillanas contest for children and young people will take place next to the hermitage and trophies and a diploma will be awarded to the winning couples. On Sunday, June 4, the day of the Pilgrimage will be held, leaving at 9:00 a.m. from the Sanctuary with the following route: Avenida de Regla, Víctor Pradera, Miguel de Cervantes, Avenida de Madrid, Avenida de Huelva, Paseo Marítimo de La Laguna, Pino de las Veredas, Pinar de la Villa and hermitage. The pilgrimage mass will be celebrated upon arrival in Peritanda, around 1:30 p.m., and will be officiated by Fray Juan José Rodríguez Mejías, rector and guardian of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Regla. The mass will be accompanied by the women's choir 'La Palmicha'. In addition, in the afternoon, at 6:00 p.m., the singing of the Hail to the Virgin is planned by the choir of the Peña Cruz del Mar, in the hermitage. Its history began at the end of the 40s of the last century, from the concern of the religious of the Monastery of Regla to bring both formal and spiritual education to children, young people and parents in rural Chipiona. The country people lacked the most elementary means for this purpose, and they only knew work from sunrise to sunset. For this, they resorted to the Chapel that the landowner Luis Caballero (father of the current owners of the well-known wine company of the same name) had on his lands, founded in 1948 and in which mass was also officiated every Sunday. The origin of the Pilgrimage itself goes back to a small country festival that was celebrated in the middle of the last century in September, at the end of the grape harvest campaign, and before starting the new school year. The event was carried out under the direction of Caballero, in his same Chapel-School. From there a festival was created that has ended up being part of the popular culture and folklore of Chipiona. Coexistence day with fair aspect and horses Nowadays, a group of brothers works all year round so that in this celebration, in which the Virgin walks through the streets of Chipiona and majestically enters the Pinar de la Villa through the Pino de las Veras, chipioneros and foreigners can enjoy a day of coexistence and meeting with the Virgin. The current image, the work of the Franciscan Father Francisco Fernández from 1977, differs from the original carving that remains in Chipiona in that the Child Jesus has a pineapple in his hand. For its part, the current Chapel was inaugurated in 1980. Prior to the Sunday pilgrimage, the Virgin is moved from her Hermitage to the Sanctuary of Regla. This pilgrimage has become a simple, emotional and multitudinous act, where the sunset is an accomplice of colors and backlighting that make it beautiful and unique. Already on Sunday, the bells of the Sanctuary, the rockets, the release of doves and the cheers mark the departure of the Virgin in a cart pulled by oxen. The image will travel 4 kilometers until it reaches its Hermitage again, accompanied by pilgrims on horseback and in carts. Upon the arrival of the Virgin, a mass is celebrated in the place. In the surroundings of the Hermitage there are booths, in which Sevillanas are danced until the party ends at sunset. At present, this traditional festival of family coexistence continues to maintain its original spirit intact, although the fair aspect and everything related to the world of the horse has increasingly been acquiring a greater role. News obtained from https://www.guiadecadiz.com/es/agenda/junio/2023/romeria-del-pinar-2023#