The city of Zaragoza annually holds the Pilar Festival being an ethnic holiday devoted to the patron saint of the city – the Virgin Mary of the Pillar. The bright ethnic festival is held in October. The folk celebration lasts about 7 days and attracts even more foreign guests year after year. On the first day of the festival celebration local folks gather on a square located in front of the City Hall where a grand festive opening of the festival takes place. Known politician announces a speech honoring the historical achievements and culture of the city.
According to historical data the first celebration of the festival of Pilar took place in 1723. Initially apart from religious events the festival comprised little buzzing folk entertainments. As a rule a bullfighting event was held on the festive day meanwhile the main squares of the city witnessed buffoonery events being small comic performances.
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