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Pilgrimage to Sainte Marie de la Mer in France

Pilgrimage to Sainte Marie de la Mer in France is held on May 24. This event in the third decade of the month May is annual. Help us Help us 
24 May - Pilgrimage to Sainte Marie de la Mer in France
In Camargue, France, Saintes Maries de la Mer proudly welcomes Romanies, Manouches, Tziganes and Gitans who come to venerate their Saint, the Black Sara. Every year they gather on the 24th and 25th of May for the pilgrimage, and also the third weekend of October as well.
These festivals go back to the Middle Ages and their ceremonies are still the same; the crowd, candles in hand, sing and praise the Saint Marys. A procession takes Sara, the Patron saint of the Gypsies to the sea. Just before this, inside the Church, the reliquaries contining her relics have been slowly brought down from the "High Chapel" by means of a winch, in the midst of the songs and praises. The statue of Sara, carried by the Gypsies to the sea, symbolizes the waiting forand welcome of the Saints Mary Jacobe and Mary Salome.

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