This is the season of First Communions when the children who have been studying and preparing for some time, ceremonially take their first communion. This, of course, takes place in the parish church and is usually followed by a celebration attended by family members and invited friends. On Sunday (25th) 13 young persons took their First Communion. There are two bars-cum-restaurants in the park and each catered for two parties. Seven parties went to the Salón de Bodas (where they hold wedding receptions) in the Polígono (Industrial estate). (Where the other two parties had their celebration we don’t know).
We were invited by one of the village gestores and his wife. There will be a subsequent post about what a gestor/a is and what his/her role might be in the lives of people here.
Girls will often be found wearing a white (or off-white/cream) dress. Boys may wear a suit or tuxedo, or their Sunday best and, in some cases they may wear military-style dress uniforms with gold-braided aiguilettes and epaulettes.
To add to the entertainment, there was a “Bouncy Castle” which I thought was intended for the children.
We will probably encounter the “First Communicants” again in the procession for Corpus Christi in June.