Will she or won’t she?

Tomorrow is one of my favorite events of the year: the grand procession of Mãe Soberana, the patron saint of Loulé (also known as Mary). It’s the biggest religious festival in the Algarve, with thousands of celebrants following the icon of Mãe Soberana as she returns from her two-week sojourn in town to her hilltop chapel overlooking the city. (I recapped it with photos last year.)

The locals have a saying that it never rains on Mãe Soberana. This will be my fifth festival, and so far they’re right. It has rained on the day of the festival, and it has rained on the celebrants as they hold their afternoon mass (while Mãe Soberana herself is safely tucked under a pavilion tent), but it has never rained on the icon as she makes her two processions through town.

It rained quite a bit this morning, and there have been dark, threatening clouds circling about. Right now the sun is shining, but who knows what will happen overnight. Will the Lady keep her mystique and escape the rain? Tune in on Monday…


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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