Tradition and Modernity
In this section we will list the main festivals that are celebrated every year in Poio, grouped by theme: religious, gastronomic and popular festivals and new events such as the Festival of the Sea featuring the “Congregation of traditional boats” and the arrival of the “Sant Efflamm” expedition.
Corpus Christi (June)
A religious festival to celebrate the Eucharist that has a special relevance in the parishes of Combarro, Samieira, San Xoán and San Salvador because of the floral carpets that decorate the streets and squares. In Combarro, the floral carpets adorn the streets of the historical town and the Camino Real right the way up to the San Bernardo Church. In the parishes of San Xoán and San Salvador, these ephemeral rugs are also placed around the churches. In Samieira, one of the most notable acts is the Baile del ramo (dance of the bouquet), a tradition that dates back to the 19th century.
San Xoán (23 to 26 June)
The Festival or Night of San Xoán, the shortest of the year, is one of the festivals most deeply rooted in Galicia to welcome summer during the solstice. Traditions and rituals of purification such as lighting and jumping across the bonfires or washing with the herbal water of St John are carried out. This festivity is celebrated in a special way in Poio, since the Monastery was erected in honour of Saint John the Baptist and as such it is the patron saint festival of the municipality.
The celebrations begin on 23 June with the collection of herbs in the afternoon and at midnight there is the lighting of the bonfire, which is accompanied by a popular sardine with corn bread and wine from the country, in addition to a verbena music.
Mercé Festival (23 to 24 September)
The devotion to Our Lady of Mercy dates back to the settlement of the Mercedarian Order (1890) in the Monastery of Poio. Every 23 rd of September, around ten o’clock at night, a procession with the image of the Virgin leaves the old Sanatorium of La Merced (San Salvador), and on the last stretch of the road, it joins another processions from the chapel Our Lady of Fátima in Campelo, and from the church of San Bernardo in Combarro, they walk the final stage together to the Monastery of Poio. Once there, a night mass is celebrated after which roscón and queimada are distributed. On 24 September, the local feast day, liturgical and festive events are also held.
All the parishes of Poio celebrate festivals in honour of their patron saints and other saints, with dawns, parades, masses, processions and parades. Some of these are:
Festival of the Divine Saviour of Poio (6 to 7 August)
Festival of St Roque of Combarro (16 August)
Festival of St Gregory of Raxó (March)
Festival of St Antonio of Samieira (June)