Corpus Christi, originally a mediaeval festival from the 16th century, has become one of the most important in Catholic liturgy.
Nowadays, Oñati maintains a somewhat compact version of this feast, albeit still quite splendid. In addition to the strictly religious elements, the celebration is based on three features: first the Brotherhood of the Santisimo Sacramento, whose members parade behind their banner carrying candles and covered in brown cloaks; the “personados” or officials of Christ, Apostles and San Miguel, wearing wigs, masks and other attributes and, especially majestic and military is the Archangel Michael, patron of the town. Finally there are the dantzaris, characteristic of this festivity and a symbol of respect and jubilation. The “kontrapas”, “makildantza” and “arkudantza“, are local dances not only very pleasing to the eye, but also of great ethnological interest.
FEAST OF THE PATRON SAN MIGUEL
INTERNATIONAL SHEEP DOG COMPETITION
DAY OF THE VIRGIN OF ARANTZAZU
9 September, patron of Guipuzcoa
Every Sunday in May