Lunes de Aguas...this evening on rio Tormes!
by Stephen Maher on Monday, April 12, 2010
Lunes de Aguas - literally water Monday is a fiesta that takes place on the banks of the Rio Tormes in Salamanca where friends and family gather to drink wine and eat hornazo (a meat heavy pastry pie). The story goes that on the Monday after Easter Sunday (and after 40 days of lent) the prostitutes of Salamanca were allowed back into the town after they had been banned during Holy Week by King Felipe II in the 16th century for regularly fraternizing with the educational elite of Salamanca University. Way back when - the students and townspeople would ferry the women back over to town in flower covered barges or small boats for a grand welcoming party.
Today, the gathering consists of eating hornazo - a non sweet pastry pie filled with ham, sausage, bacon, cooked egg, and sometimes even chicken - congregating with friends and family over bottle of Rioja or a Ribera del Duero, and welcoming the warm weather. If you´re a student or tourist in town, I think this evening will be a nice treat for you to relax and have fun with other Salmantinos.