Bodies of Christ and the Man of Moss
Legend has it that on the day of Santa Marina, the inhabitants of Béjar had hidden in El Castañar, on a farm called La Centena to celebrate a mass.
At the end of this mass, the men covered the streets with moss growing on the spot, and at dawn, headed towards the Muslim fortress, camouflaged by this garb, which led to the city’s reconquest into Christianity.
Every year we celebrated the reconquest, until in the 14th century, this celebration was merged with the Body of God procession.
Tradition dictates that the Man of Moss accompany the Body of Christ through the streets of the city which are decorated for the occasion: in the streets where the procession passes, a carpet of thyme appears which is blessed during the procession, in turn, the windows and balconies fill-If of flowers and flags to receive the pilgrimage.
Declared Feast of National Tourist Interest, both for its religious content, as well as for the figure of the Man of Moss and all its history, the Body of God takes place on 17 June and are increasingly the people that occur to the city at the time of the celebrations.