Traditional Patronal Festival Stripped of Original Christian Meaning

Country: Spain

Date of incident: May 26, 2007

Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance

Attack against: Faith

Area of case: Governmental



Representatives of Esquerra Unida and ERPV at the Sueca City Hall, Valencia, decided to suppress the religious connotation of the traditional festival that honors the Virgin of Sales. The proposal seeks to strip it of any religious meaning disregarding its Catholic origins. The representatives decided to run the festival under a new dedication, the "Rice Festival".

Sources:
http://www.levante-emv.com/comarcas/3542/sueca-elimina-fiestas-virgen-sales-dedica-arroz/303437.html
http://www.levante-emv.com/comunitat-valenciana/3544/alcalde-socialista-sueca-mantiene-fiestas-patronales-brsin-apoyo-socios-eu-erpvbrbr/304103.html