Palalda and St Rosaire
Every October, Palalda’s ‘Chapelle du Rosaire’ celebrates the Fête du Rosaire with a programme of songs, traditional dancing, prayers and concerts.
In 1571 Christian troops provided by the Vatican overcame a Turkish armada in the entrance to the Corinth gulf.
The Pope at the time, Grégoire XIII, attributed this victory to the daily processions of St Rosaire brotherhoods who promoted the rosary in the streets of Rome.
He promptly changed his planned ’Victory Day’ to ’St Rosaire day’, to be celebrated on the 7th October.
The celebration continues to this day, with special masses held in St Rosaire sanctuaries all over the world.