The Fruit Blessing event is the official inauguration of the grape harvest celebrations. In Mendoza, the peasants thank their saints for the good harvest obtained.
In former times, the ceremony of the offering and blessing of the fruit was a biblical tradition that begun with Mosses and then it was spread to all the celebrations to honor Pentecost.
Thanks are given to God for the harvest and the new wine is offered while evoking the Carrodilla Virgin, patron saint of the vineyards. Thus, the new fruit is blessed before being processed and put in casks for the wisdom of time and the patience of men to do the rest.
The Fruit Blessing event began in the third issue of the Grape Harvest Festival. From then on, the Virgin is taken amongst the crowd and worshiped at every step. Brought along from Aragon, Spain by Antonio Solanilla, her presence guarantees a good harvest every year for all the people in Mendoza.
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