Our Lady of the Almudena in Madrid in 2020

Our Lady of the Almudena in Madrid in 2020
  How long until Our Lady of the Almudena?
This holiday next takes place in 333 days.
  Dates of Our Lady of the Almudena in Madrid
2021 Tue, Nov 9Regional Holiday
2020 Mon, Nov 9Regional Holiday
2019 Sat, Nov 9Regional Holiday
2015 Mon, Nov 9Regional Holiday
  Summary
Celebrates the discovery of a lost statue in the Cathedral after occupation by the Moors.

When is the Lady of Almudema

The Lady of Almudema (Virgen de la Almudena) is a Spanish regional public holiday in the city of Madrid on November 9th.

History of the Lady of Almudema

Reflecting her importance to Catholics, many places in Spain and Latin America venerate images of the Virgin Mary as the patroness of their town or city.

In the case of the city of Madrid and the archdiocese of Madrid, it's a statue of Mary holding the infant Jesus. It is known as the Lady of Almudena. The name comes from the Arabic "Al Mudayan" meaning the citadel. Until quite recently, the capital city of Spain was a small town.

Legend has it that the statue was carved by Nicodemus and painted by Saint Luke. It was brought to Spain by Saint James as he preached the Gospel. 

It is said that as the Moors approached Madrid in the 8th century, the statue was taken and hidden inside the walls of the town.

It is worth noting that the Muslim Moors would have probably destroyed the statue as it was an icon and not because it represented Mary; after all, Mary is mentioned more times in the Qur'an than the Bible.

And there it stayed hidden and lost until the Christian King Alfonso VI of Castile conquered the town nearly 300 years later. His troops prayed and searched for the statue for days without success, until on November 9th 1085, a part of the wall crumbled revealing the hidden icon.

If you look above you can see the statue is in remarkable condition for one that was carved 2000 years ago and spent a long time in a wall. Though it may well have been based on an older statue, the statue that now resides in the Cathedral of Madrid is accepted to be from the late 15th century at the earliest.

On this day, a mass is celebrated in the Plaza Mayor and a procession, with the statue of the Virgin, passes through the streets of Arenal and Mayor and eventually ends up at the Cathedral.

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