History Queen of the Encounter and Angel of the Resurrection

History Queen of the Gathering and Angel of the Resurrection

Holy Week in Torrent has a unique figure in Spain: the Queen of the Encounter. She is a young woman who presides over the acts of Holy Week, representing the Viceroy of Valencia, Germana de Foix (16th century). On one occasion, the viceroy presided over the act of the encounter between the Virgin and the risen Jesus on Resurrection Sunday and established that a young woman from the city would represent her when she was not present.

For this reason, on Resurrection Sunday the Queen of the Encounter presides over the ceremony with her entourage of two waitresses and several pages holding the tail of her dress. At the end of the ceremony, the carxofa is opened, coloured doves are released and small coloured papers known as ‘Aleluyas’ are thrown from the balconies. These are printed with small poems that exalt the Queen of the Encounter of that year or ironically describe the local political situation and the brotherhoods of the Holy Week.

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