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The accrediting bands of the meigas

The accrediting bands of the meigas

The most characteristic external sign by which the Meigas de las Hogueras de San Juan are identified is their accrediting Band. This symbol was established at the very moment in which the creation of these figures was determined in 1970.

Since then, the appointment of Meiga Mayor, Meiga Mayor Infantil, Meiga de Honor or Meiga de Honor Infantil and their participation in certain public events entails the use of this distinctive sign, inherent to such positions, constituting a differentiating element together with their special clothing .

The Band is for exclusive use in those acts that are determined, in which case its use will be mandatory in the conditions that are established and that are contemplated in the Regulation of “Acts, precedence, award of distinctions and identifying signs” of the Promoting Commission of the Bonfires of San Juan, currently in force in the Association of Meigas de las Hogueras de San Juan.

As a first rule, the Band can only be worn, wearing the Official Gala Dress, the Spanish Mantilla or the Regional Costume of Galicia, remaining out of use in any other circumstance.

Currently, the set of Bands worn by the Meigas, on the occasion of their participation in official acts, are the following:

 

Meiga Mayor Accreditation Band:

This Band was created in June 1970 to distinguish the First Meiga Mayor. On that first occasion, an embroidered model was designed on a light blue ribbon, with the legend “Meiga Mayor-70”.

The following year, 1971, the decision was made that the Meiga Mayor accreditation band be designed on a ribbon with the national colors of Spain, establishing this design with a definitive character.

During these years, the model registered some modifications. In 1990, the heraldic shield of the city was added, not until 2002 when the current design was adopted, which, on that occasion, was given away by the Dénia City Council.

At present, the Band is made up of three stripes with the colors of the Flag of Spain, the one in the center double the width of each end, edged with gold trimmings and finished with a bow and two gold tassels.

The Band has embroidered, on the central strip, the legend “Meiga Mayor”, in gold, and at shoulder height the Coat of Arms of La Coruña, surrounded by the legend “C.P. Hogueras de San Juan ”and the digits corresponding to the year 1962, the year of the burning of our first Bonfire, and those of the current year, crowned with the colors of Galicia.

Exceptionally, when the anniversary of an event of extraordinary relevance is commemorated, both in the history of the city, and in that of the Promoting Commission, it is authorized that in the accrediting band the digits of the year in which it took place are embroidered the event being celebrated, replacing those of the year 1962, and those of the current year. Such was the case in 2008, when the legend “1208-2008” was embroidered, in memory of the granting of the Puebla Charter to the city by King Alfonso IX; 2019, in which the legend “1970-2019” was included, in memory of the year of appointment of the First Meiga Mayor, and 2020, in which the digits “1520-2020” appear, as a tribute to the year in which the King D. Carlos I met General Cortes in our city.

When in a Meiga Mayor the fact that, previously, she had held the title of Meiga Mayor Infantil, she will substitute, except on extraordinary dates, the digits corresponding to the year 1962 by those of the year in which she was appointed to such position.

As has been indicated, it is used in all official acts as long as he wears the Official Gala Suit, Spanish Mantilla or Regional Suit, placed from the right shoulder to the left side of the waist.

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Meiga Mayor Children’s Accreditation Band:

The Accreditation Band of the Children’s Meiga Mayor was created in 1972, on the occasion of the appointment of the “I Children’s Major Meiga”.

In that first year, the Band was embroidered on a dark blue ribbon, with the legend “Meiga Infantil-72”, being replaced, the following year, by a similar design to that of the Meiga Mayor, embroidering it on an appointment with the national colors of Spain.

As of 1992, it is established that, on the tape, the coat of arms of La Coruña is bordered, as well as that of its homonymous major. In 2002, it adopted the same format as the Meiga Mayor, which is the one used today.

The Band is made up of three stripes with the colors of the Flag of Spain, the one in the center double the width of each end, edged with gold trimmings and finished with a bow and two gold tassels.

The band has embroidered, on the central strip, the legend “Meiga Mayor Infantil”, in gold, and at shoulder height the coat of arms of La Coruña, surrounded by the legend “C.P. Bonfires of San Juan ”and the digits of the year 1962, for the reason that we have indicated, together with those of the year of concession, crowned with the colors of Galicia.

Likewise, the same rule will be observed in relation to the commemoration of an event of extraordinary relevance as in the case of the Banda de la Meiga Mayor.

It is used in all official acts as long as you are wearing an Official Gala or Regional Costume, placed from the right shoulder to the left side of the waist.

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Meiga de Honor accreditation band:

This Band, like that of the Meiga Mayor, was created in 1970, being the first years embroidered on pink, navy blue and sky blue moire ribbons, not being until 1980 when it was determined that it was bordered on the colors from Galicia, thus reaching our days.

In 2005, the La Coruña coat of arms was embroidered on the Band.

The Band is made up of two white stripes and a light blue one in the center, forming the colors of the Galician Flag, edged with blue trimmings and finished off with a light blue tassel on a blue cockade.

The Band has embroidered, on the central strip, the legend “San Juan”, in blue, followed by the digits 1962 and the year of granting and at shoulder height, also on the central strip, the Coat of Arms of La Coruña .

It is used in all official acts as long as you wear the Official Gala Suit, Spanish Mantilla or Regional Costume, placed from the right shoulder to the left side of the waist.

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Accreditation Band of Meiga de Honor that previously held the title of Meiga Mayor Infantil:

One caveat, within the general design of the accrediting Bands, is found in the one used by a Meiga of Honor who, previously, had held the position of Major Children’s Meiga.

In this case, the Band, identical to that described for the Meigas de Honor, has a 5 cm rectangle embroidered. base, by 2 cm. high, with the national colors of Spain and below the year in which he held the position of Meiga Mayor Infantil in letters embroidered in gold. The rectangle will be divided into three stripes, the one in the center in gold, 1 cm. high, and the upper and lower, in red and 0.5 cm. Tall.

It is used in all official acts as long as you wear the Official Gala Suit, Spanish Mantilla or Regional Costume, placed from the right shoulder to the left side of the waist.

This Band was established in 2015.

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Children’s Honor Meiga Accreditation Band:

Created in 1972, on the occasion of distinguishing the Children’s Meigas de Honor, although, during the years 1973 to 1975, it was not of regulatory use, not wearing the Children’s Meigas de Honor Band.

When recovering in 1988 the figure of the Children’s Meiga Mayor and Children’s Meigas de Honor, they were assigned a Band identical to that of their homonyms, the Meigas de Honor, adopting the same modifications as them until reaching our days.

Currently, the Band is made up of two white stripes and a light blue one in the center, forming the colors of the Galician Flag, edged with blue trimmings and finished with a white tassel on a blue cockade.

The band has embroidered, on the central strip, the legend “San Juan” followed by the digits 1962 and the year of award and at shoulder height, also on the central strip, the coat of arms of La Coruña. Also adhering to the provisions regarding special commemorations.

It is used in all official acts as long as you are wearing an Official Gala or Regional Costume, placed from the right shoulder to the left side of the waist.

Eugenio Fernández Barallobre.

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