SPANISH CUSTOMS – PART 3
Since Spain has so many different festivals, we thought we would dedícate another post explaining more about these events that enrich the Spanish culture even more.
- CARNAVAL (or Carnival) takes place every year around February, during the few days before the start of Lent. In most cities around Spain you will be able to experience Carnaval, and in certain places they arenearly as extravagant as the Brazilian Carnaval. People dress up and wear masks, which supposedly signifies “turning over a new leaf”
- Probably one of the biggest festivals across Spain is Noche de San Juan. Celebrated on the eve of 23 June, the largest one takes place in Alicante. In the Catalan-speaking parts of Spain, bonfires and fireworks are very prominent, with teens and children traditionally jumping over the fires.
- If you live in Barcelona for a while, you will very quickly learn that the patron saint of the city is Santa Mercè. It takes place on 24 September but festivities usually begin a few days before, and involves not just the festival, but also a parade. Large paper maché giants (or gegants) that are walked through the streets are the most important feature of La Mercè.
- If however you find yourself living in Madrid, you will surely know about the largest festival in Madrid : Fiesta de San Isidrio, taking place from 11-15 May 9, 2013. Music, dancing, flamenco, zarzuelas and sampling delicacies are all part of the fun. The festival kicks with a procession of giants, followed by an opening speech in Plaza Mayor.
- The day of Saint George (Diada de St Jordi) is the most romantic day in Barcelona, even more than Valentines day! On 23 April, the people of Catalonia celebrate the day of their patron saint by exchanging rosesand books. According to the legend, the men get books and the women get roses, resulting in book stalls and rose stalls filling the streets of Barcelona, truly creating a very romantic atmosphere combined with the Spring weather.