Floral offerings at the Fiestas del Pilar. Zaragoza, Spain. 2009

As part of the Fiestas del Pilar a gigantic pyramid of floral offerings is made in front of the Nuestra Señora del Pilar Basilica.


This statue of the “Virgin of Pilar” crowned the floral pyramid that the people had come to see.

As with most spectacular things, many people appeared to want to be photographed in front of the pyramid. I noticed in particular that there were often large groups of elderly people in wheelchairs being photographed with the flowers behind them.

What struck me in particular was how many of the people seemed to be genuinely touched by the experience of being near such a large religious offering.


There was a palpable feeling of love in the air as the people with the elderly in the wheelchairs showed them much tenderness and care. It was all quite moving to see and be around all the emotion.