This is a deeply religious event that takes place here every 6th year, and on the second and third Sunday in July is the grande troménie, that is done over 12 kms.The small tromenie is done every year.
the tourist page of Brittany has it for July 2014.
I will put some photos from the Church where all starts and wait for my first one next year Grande Tromenie.
I like to give you the history from the Bretagne historical society in English translation.
The Tromenie. The great act of piety, what one might call the formal devotion to saint Ronan. It affects successively at the territory of five parishes and made twelve stations in different chapels of piety, (or temporary shrines ), with sermon, singing of hymns, songs, Gospels, etc., in each of these stations. "The route of the procession, perfectly determined by immemorial tradition, is any point invariable, and the procession is stopped by hedge or barrier, by prairie covered with hay, or seeded field. The route represents the demarcation of the free lands belonging to the Saint and the Church, thereby even exempt such or such charges. Such is also the etymological meaning of the word Tromenie: Trominihy, the (land) tour of the monastery. And it is thought that the current (1925) Tromenie would be a Christian transposition of an old practice of paganism. There were in the region of Locronan a vast foret named nevet or Napier. In pagan Ireland meant a holy place in a forest, and in the Christian Ireland a Christian sanctuary with the land that belonged to him. The pagan name was surrounded by a series of menhirs that set the limits. Thus was he formerly of Locronan . Later, at the time where has inaugurated the Christian Tromenie, these menhirs were replaced by stone crosses or cross shaped everything at least trimmed. As formerly pagan procession, the current Tromenie is done from left to right, in the same direction as the market of the Sun. The great Tromenie takes place every six years; for example 1923, 1929, 1935, etc..The tumultuous events of the Tromenie of 1737 ; It would seem that the disorders have caused a little natural antipathy of the population for the marechaussee men called by the Rector, Miss. Philippe Perrault, and especially by the fear of accidents that would have brought the presence of this escort horses, in narrow passages and difficult of the procession. In referring to the former documents, we find some dates representing years of great Tromenie: 1617, 1677, 1689, 1737, 1770. As a result, the particulars in the supplement to the «Semaine religieuse» of Quimper, July 16, 1887, are mostly fanciful.
The Tromenie is also privately, through a crowd of pilgrims singly or in a group, and this, not only to the two Sundays solemn processions, but every day of the week. In this case, although the total course will remain the same, you can start in any point of the journey, provided that it ends at the point of departure. The number of these private pilgrimages is very considerable. Has estimated it between 10,000 and 15,000, in 1923. There is also a small Tromenie, every year, the second Sunday of July, on a good course, less extended, which in popular traditions, represents the journey that was every morning, saint Florian, fasting and barefoot. Under the Revolution, the Tromenies had no place (that is, without doubt, in 1797 and 1803).
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What Are the Tromenies?
The Tromenies are annual devotional processions (a kind of pardon) which go out into the hills around Locronan where the hermit saint resided after arriving from Ireland in the 9C. There are stops at various sacred sites where relics are venerated and displayed. The walks occur every second Sunday of July, and are 5 km in length except that ever 6th year the procession is much longer (12 km) and occurs on the 2 and 3 Sunday with celebrations in between (the latest of these occurred in 2007). The longer walk is called the Grande Tromenie, the shorter one La Petite Tromenie. The walks begin and end inside the Chapel of Penity.
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