Festivals and holidays in Spain
Traditionally Spaniards meet spring with the whole series of holidays and festivals, most of which has a long history and established traditions. So, Granada and Cordoba spend the may Festival of the Holy cross. These days the square, the streets, the balconies of the houses are decorated with flower arrangements, everywhere you can see crosses covered with flowers. The most celebrating this holiday in Granada areas of albaycín and El Realejo.
In Cordoba from 3 to 14 may competition is the traditional courtyards – owners decorate their patios with flowers in pots, flowers, hedges, natural elements of design and crafts, and invite everyone to take a look at their attire. Traditionally, the contest involves the courtyards of the oldest parts of the city, there are fun performances and musical performances.
From may 11 in Madrid held a Grand celebration dedicated to the patron Saint of the city – St. Isidro (St. Isidor), reaching a peak on may 15, the Plaza Mayor and went on for another week. Are carnival parades, shows, street concerts, religious procesie and bullfighting. Carnival with processions and masquerades, which ends on Friday, “the Funeral of the Sardine”, marks the eve of lent.
In Valentine’s day. Antonio ( June 13 ) is the traditional “holiday brides” in the chapel of San Antonio de La Florida – traditionally young dressmaker must put the 13 pins on the baptismal font, and wait for the benevolence of the Saint.
6 through August 15, celebrated Holy days. Lorenzo, Ne. Gaetano and the virgin de La Paloma. During these holidays, processions, festivals, street concerts in the Park Vistillas and around the city.
In February in Madrid hosts the international art fair ARCO, which is the biggest commercial event of the year, this is one of the three largest fairs of its kind in the world – it involved more than 200 galleries and a large number of countries.
Book fair in Madrid Retiro Park ( end of may – beginning of June) is the biggest event in the world of book publishing. Fair of Vintage and Antiquarian Books is held on the Paseo de Recoletos in early may.
Holidays dedicated to the memory of the uprising against Napoleon in 1808 lasts from April 27 to may 2 and interesting street concerts and performances by musicians and artists.
In March at the exhibition grounds of Barcelona passes the beauty of Antiques is one of the most important exhibitions in Europe. San Jordi (“the Day of lovers” or Valentine’s Day. George) takes place April 23 – this colorful Spanish analogue of Valentine’s day. Valentine. At the same time arranged a colorful presentation “battle of the dragon”. All of Barcelona is literally littered these days with bouquets of red roses, give them to every woman.
The Barcelona Carnival is celebrated in February .
The feast of Corpus Christi (“the Lord’s Body”) is celebrated in June with parades of fancy figures of giants and dwarfs. At the summer solstice, preceding the feast of St. Juan (23 June), at night in the squares and streets of Barcelona kindle large fires.
September 24 marks the day of the mercè, patroness of Barcelona.
International Jazz festival held in the Palace of Catalan Music from October to November .
In Valencia from 12 to 19 March held a “festival of lights” – Falla (“fallas”), in which are all kinds of rituals and processions in local costumes, “the offering of flowers” to the Cathedral of the blessed virgin with the creation of a huge mural of flowers imported from all over Valencia, burning “Falla” with dancing, fireworks, music and pouring a river of wine.
The Seville Fair ( April, usually two weeks after Easter ) has been held since 1847 as an agricultural fair, but now it has evolved into a vibrant celebration with flamenco, bullfights and fun from 9 PM to 7 am without a break the music and dance of flamenco. Bullfighting Seville Fair attracts the best matadors in the country and is considered one of the strongest in the country.