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National Day Andorra
08-08 September
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Pilgrims from every corner of Andorra start off early in the morning and head towards the sanctuary to begin the celebration of the procession with their family or friends.

Different events take place that day, such as the Aurora Mass or the Young Mass, after which the first pilgrims enjoy a mid-morning snack all together. At midday there is a mass celebrated together with Joan Enric Vives i SicĂ­lia, episcopal co-prince of Andorra, and all the priests of the country. Pilgrims take part and politicians from Andorra are also present in the mass. The mass ends with the pilgrims singing traditional poems and paying homage to the Virgin. When the mass is over, there is a sardana dance in the cloister of Meritxell. In the afternoon there is a traditional concert by the Petits Cantors of Andorra National Choir. The procession of torches which goes along the sanctuary premises. At the end, there is cake and chocolate for everyone.

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