The second Sunday in May sees the festival of
Our Lady of the Forsaken, another patron saint of the city. The
Valencian people feel great devotion to this virgin, who they
affectionately call La Geperudeta, an allusion to the slightly
stooped position of her iconic image.
The statue that is used in the festival today was made in 1945
by Carmelo Vicent, and is popularly known as La Peregrina (the
On the eve of the festival there is a concert in the Plaza
de la Virgen with the Valencia Municipal Band, followed by a
firework display in the Turia riverbed park, La danca, based
on traditional folkloric dances and La nit d`Albeas with typical
folk songs from the region. At around 5am, La Misa Descuberta
an open-air mass is held. At 8am, there is a children`s mass
Misa de Infantes and at 10.30 El Traslado (the transfer), in
which La Peregina is carried by her followers to the basilica
of the Cathedral through La Puerta de los Hierros (the iron doors).
At 2pm, there is a mascleta, and in the afternoon there is a
procession in which the virgin is brought out into the old town
and thousands of petals are scattered in the streets.
In the Plaza de la Reina, a traditional marketplace, L`escuraeta is set up, specialising in ceramic and clay craft products.