Romani (Gypsy) culture and social issues.
Saintes-Maries de la Mer
1997

All photos courtesy of Ken McNaughton kjm@aip.org
The Gypsy pilgrimage begins May 24-26 every year in the southern French town of Saintes-Maries de la Mer to celebrate Saint Sara's annual return to the shores of the Mediterranean. Among Rroma, she is known as "Sarah-la-Kali," or Sarah the Black. Roma from all over the world gather here to view the reliquary of Saint Sara's remains as it is carried in a procession into the waters of the sea, and perhaps to touch the reliquary which is imbued with miraculous healing powers. 

During this gathering, which begins days prior to the procession to the sea, Roma celebrate reunions with family and friends with music and dance. The curious gadje are welcome to participate in dance and song on this joyous occasion.

For more information on this annual Roma gathering visit 
http://www.beyond.fr/villages/stemariesmer.html or 
read the Patrin article about Saintes-Maries de la Mer.

Chapel at Saintes Maries de la Mer

More Photos from 
Saintes-Maries de la Mer:

Procession to the Sea

Music and Dance


Official Web Site of Saintes Maries de la Mer.



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