La Gritería Chiquita

Religious in León

This celebration began in 1947, as an erupting Cerro Negro threatened to bury the city in ashes. The volcano suddenly halted its activity after an innovative priest, Monseñor Isidro Augusto Oviedo, vowed to initiate a preliminary gritería (shouting) similar to December’s but changing the response to ¡La asunción de María! (‘The ascension of Mary!’).