Romería of Virgen de la Asunción
City of Aguascalientes
This festival, known as the ‘Romeria’, takes place during the first fortnight of August every year. Locals joyously celebrate Our Lady of the Assumption, the patron saint of Aguascalientes.
Romería de la Virgen de la Asunción
Keep your eyes open for the parade of the matlachines, performing traditional regional dances.
The fiesta in honor of Our Lady of the Assumption is a tradition which has evolved over time and whose characteristics and nuances have made it one of the most important religious events in the diocese. The festival comprises processions, pilgrimages, marches and triduum which start on August 1st and continue until they arrive at the Romeria on the night of the 15th. It is a religious celebration that brings local families together, filling the streets with color along the route of the parade of beautiful allegorical floats.
Bishop Salvador Quezada Limón was behind the gradual promotion of the Marian piety, especially during the fortnight of the festivities celebrating Our Lady of the Assumption, whose image he crowned on August 14, 1983, requesting Papal Coronation of the image from the Vatican, which was granted by Pope John Paul II on March 18, 1983.
Every year new themes are integrated into the parade. Today, the traditional Romeria includes troupes of marching bands, dancers (matlachines), mariachis, student bands, and Mexican rodeo teams, along with religious youth groups who line the route of splendid and spectacular allegorical floats representing biblical themes related to the life of the Virgin Mary.