Reportage and Documentary 2019
Saints and Travelers
Annual Roma pilgrimage at Saintes Maries de la Mer
On May 24, every year, the tranquility of the Provencal town of Saintes Maries de la Mer is interrupted for two days by the musical notes of the pilgrimage of the Gypsies who come from various parts of Europe to attend the annual celebration in honor of Sarah, protector of the gypsies, and of the two Marie, Mary Jacobe and Mary Salomè, who came to this land from the sea after being expelled from Palestine. While in the streets gypsies celebrate the day with sings and dances with traditional rhythms, in the crypt, Sarah's statue receives the tribute of those who confide in her. In the afternoon, between crowd's wings, escorted by the camargues guardians riding their white horses, Sarah's statue, dressed in silk cloaks and clothing, is taken from the Church till into the sea to symbolize the welcome of the patron of the gypsies when Maria Jacobe and Maria Salome arrived in this land. The following day is the turn of the procession of the two Marie, brought to the sea for the blessing of the waters.