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.

9 thoughts on “Floral offerings at the Fiestas del Pilar. Zaragoza, Spain. 2009”

  1. That’s one huge pile of flowers! Religious fervor and emotion can be a powerful thing and deserves the respect you have given it. That doesn’t necessarily extend to the politcal/religious fanaticism that is currently in vogue in the US.

  2. Donald

    Sure is. The Spanish take their religion serious but I haven’t met anyone here yet trying to shove it down anyone’s throat. You’re right though about the fanaticism in the States and anywhere else for that matter.


    Don’t you go calling me some kind of pussy!

  3. In Japan there are some statues(?) of certain Gods that are only brought out for display for a month every 7 or 10 years.
    So many people want to touch them that ropes/ribbons are attached to them and connected to poles that are placed a long way away from the statue: even the poles get mobbed with people trying to get any sort of connection they can.

  4. Pat

    Ahhh a bit of the old tough love.


    It’s funny you should mention Japan because both Engogirl and I have noticed how many simmilarities there are between things we’ve seen here and in Asia. The more I see around the world the more things look the same but with minor differences.

  5. Re: tenderness towards old people – family values are so important. Shame to see how they’ve been almost erased in some parts of the world and a pleasure to realise that they still exist in other areas, too.

  6. One of the puzzling things about Spain to me is their (over)religiousness.

    We were in Bilbao a few years ago for Easter and they had the scarriest parades I ever saw. Day after day, masses of hooded people (very KKK-like) marching to the beat of drums through the streets of old town. And up against this uniform mass, me, a tiny little communist.

    Wonder how much of this is really about religious feelings and how much is mere tradition (perhaps, i better enver find out)…

  7. Epic

    The lack of respect that the Anglo culture shows their elderly is something that really makes me angry. I remember as a kid being really impressed by how my Greek and Italian friends related to their elders. It was so different to what I was used to.


    I think it’s a mix of both culture and religion. I’m going to do a post soon about some of the thoughts I’ve been having about all the religious stuff I’ve been seeing. I’ve seen a lot of stuff that looks like rich people in the past have been tring to buy their way into heaven with money they have squeezed out of the poor.

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