|San Isidro Labrador is the Patron Saint of Estepona and Madrid and is celebrated every year on the 15 of May.|
This holiday could be compared to Thanksgiving in North America, seeing as Isidro is the catholic patron Saint of the farmers. Deceased on May 15th 1130, Isidro was a farmer who prayed every day before going to work and as a consequence always came late. His colleagues complained, but it did not seem to affect his work, on the contrary, it was said that angels guarded his sheep whilst he was still in church or that angels were seen by his side whilst ploughing the field and that he subsequently worked as efficiently as three men.
He also became known for his generosity because he shared his food with the poor. Isidro divided what he earned into three parts; one for his family, one for the temple and another for the poor. Every year he organized a dinner for the poor in Madrid. One year the food was not sufficient for all so San Isidro put the ladle into the soup, which miraculously multiplied. Another story says that his son fell into a well and by praying to God ,the water of the well rose and miraculously brought the boy to the surface.
In 1163, 42 years after his death, his body was dug up and it looked as if it had just been buried. This was considered a miracle. Shortly afterward king Felipe III became seriously ill and doctors predicted his death. Isidros dead body was brought to Felipe who immediately recovered. Due to this event the reigning pontiff declared Isidro a saint in 1622 at the same time as Santa Theresa, San Ignacio, San Fransisco Javier and Sal Felipe Neri.