The Our Lady of the Abandoned festivity. ('Virgen de los Desamparados', 'Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados' Valencian: Mare de Déu dels Desamparats.
The Our Lady of the Abandoned ('Virgen de los Desamparados', 'Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados' Valencian: Mare de Déu dels Desamparats is a Catholic apparition attributed to the Virgin Mary. She is the patroness of Valencia and one of seven patrons of the Autonomous communities of Spain. She appears with a lily in one hand and in the other, she carries the baby Jesus who bears the cross in his arms. Her posture is characterized by a slight forward tilt, and hence, she is known affectionately as the Geperudeta (hunchback) of Valencia. Her image is housed in the 'Basilica de la Virgen de los Desamparados'.
The highlight of the festival takes place on Sunday mid-morning when the image is carried from her basilica, (Basilica de la Virgen de los Desamparados) on 'Plaza de la Virgen' to St Catherine's cathedral over a distance of approximately 200 m. She is adored with rose petals being thrown down from balconies and people crying and shaking with the emotion of the spectacle.