Traditions and Customs in Matanzas

The Colla Festival

Former festival in honor of the Virgin of Montserrate (Verge Morenta), patron of Catalonia, which began to be held in Matanzas in 1871. From 1981 onwards as part of the activities for the culture week the tour is done on behalf of of the old Colla. The Catalans and their descendants in Matanzas have maintained, during all those years, the pilgrimage that takes place on December 8, the day of the founding of the Hermitage, and which is known as the best preserved Catalan tradition on the Island.