Festival of Near Death Experiences - Romeria de Santa Marta de Ribarteme 2018 | Spain, Dates , Venues & Tickets
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Festival of Near Death Experiences - Romeria de Santa Marta de Ribarteme 2018

Where:   As Neves, (La Nieves), Galicia, Spain
When:    Sunday, July 29, 2018
Details are subject to change by the organizers, for final event location & dates, check "Event related information" section below.
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Festival of Near Death Experiences - Romeria de Santa Marta de Ribarteme is held every year on July 29th. This is the feast day of Santa Marta, patron of the small city As Neves (La Nieves) which is located in Galicia region In northwestern Spain.
 
According to Catholic tradition, Santa Marta was the sister of Lazarus who was brought back from death by Jesus.  As such she is considered as saint that protects the city from all evil.
 
At the festival, which is marked by death and resurrection, the city's residents and many tourists thank the saint for having saved from death and survived the 12 months that have passed since their previous visit and their participation in this Thanksgiving festival.
 
Thousands of people, local and tourists pour into town and the demand for accommodation is higher than usual, therefore it is advisable to check hotel prices and make reservations ahead of time.

The highlight of the festival's events is a strange "festive" procession, which is topped by an image of the saint. The statue symbolizes her return from the dead. The surrealist parade is followed by real coffins. Inside the coffin lies a living person pretending to be dead. The coffin is carried, with great effort, by his family throughout the procession along with dozens similar coffins.

The strange parade reaches the church that is dedicated to Santa Marta, where a religious ceremony is held with loudspeakers for the benefit of the large crowd outside the small church. In addition to the procession of the dead, the visitors can taste traditional local dishes, listen to singing and playing of Gypsy bands and more.

Those who present at this unique and unconventional festival are guaranteed a unique and exciting cultural experience.
Attractive prices suited for all budgets. Many hotels suggest FREE CANCELLATION option or 
NO PREPAYMENT NEEDED – PAY AT THE PROPERTY. Get Immediate confirmation by email.
Romeria de Santa Marta de Ribarteme (Festival of Near Death Experiences)
Romeria de Santa Marta de Ribarteme (Festival of Near Death Experiences), Photo: www.asneves.com
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Please note that the details of the event are subject to change. We strongly recommended that you check with the organizers before making any travel arrangements.
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Event related information
Contact: 
Concello de as Neves
Casa do Concello
Praza da Cristiandade,1 36440 - As Neves 
Tél.: 986 64 80 38
Fax: 986 64 80 52


As Neves travel information
Dialing code: 986
Longitude: -8.415°
Latitude: 42.088°
Spain information address: INSTITUTO DE TURISMO DE ESPAÑA - TURESPAÑA Jose Lázaro Galdiano, 6, 28071 Madrid - Tel.913433500
Tourist website: www.spain.info

Spain country details
Location: Southwestern Europe, bordering the Bay of Biscay, Mediterranean Sea, North Atlantic Ocean, and Pyrenees Mountains, southwest of France.
Capital: Madrid
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Voltage and Frequency: 220v 50Hz
Dialing country code: +34
Language: Castilian Spanish 74%, Catalan 17%, Galician 7%, Basque 2%; note - Castilian is the official language nationwide; the other languages are official regionally.

Spain background and overview:
Spain's powerful world empire of the 16th and 17th centuries ultimately yielded command of the seas to England. Subsequent failure to embrace the mercantile and industrial revolutions caused the country to fall behind Britain, France, and Germany in economic and political power. Spain remained neutral in World Wars I and II, but suffered through a devastating civil war (1936-39). A peaceful transition to democracy following the death of dictator Francisco FRANCO in 1975, and rapid economic modernization (Spain joined the EU in 1986), have given Spain one of the most dynamic economies in Europe and made it a global champion of freedom. Continuing challenges include Basque Fatherland and Liberty (ETA) terrorism and relatively high unemployment.

[Courtesy of The World Factbook]
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