Spring is finally here, the sun warms the sea water, the vineyards are in bloom and tapas at sunset taste great.
Spain is a country with hundreds of traditions and local festivals that celebrate very different aspects such as the arrival of spring, the history of ancient settlers or the Catholic faith.
Let’s start with the Fallas of Valencia.
The Fallas are celebrated between March 15 and 19; every year hundreds of large and small fallas are planted in the city of Valencia, which are the object of admiration by Valencians and visitors until March 19, -the day of the cremà-, when these grandiose papier-mâché monuments disappear consumed by the flames. The fire, the “mascletàs”, the fireworks displays, the wind bands and the popular participation have made this festival to enjoy a well-deserved fame all over the world and to be declared a Festival of International Tourist Interest.
Moors and Christians, Alcoy
The Moors and Christians Festivities in honor of St. George have been declared of International Tourist Interest since 1980, and are considered the cradle of all those celebrated throughout the Valencian Community.
They commemorate the historical events that took place in 1276, related to the uprisings of the Muslims who inhabited the area and that gave rise to the patronage of St. George, to whom tradition attributes his intervention in defense of the new settlers, on the occasion of the attack they suffered and in whose battle the warlord Al-Azraq died.
Pilgrimage of El Rocío, Huelva
One of the most famous and multitudinous pilgrimages in Spain happens at the village of El Rocio.
After a pilgrimage on foot, on horseback or in carts, a huge crowd of devotees from various brotherhoods arrives at the gates of the chapel.
At the stroke of midnight, in the early hours of Pentecost Monday, the prayer of the Holy Rosary begins and, after the procession of the simpecados of the brotherhoods in front of the chapel, the Almonteños and devotees storm the chapel (the well-known “salto de la reja”) to take the “Blanca Paloma” or Virgen del Rocío as it is popularly known.
Festivities of San Isidro, Madrid
During these days, locals and tourists flock to the Ermita de San Isidro located in the meadow that bears the same name in order to spend the day with music, dancing and typical recipes as entresijos and gallinejas or donuts with sugar. Morning and afternoon, the Pradera de San Isidro is filled with visitors who mingle with “chulapos” and “chulapas” dressed in the traditional way and who come there to enjoy a day outdoors in which concerts, gastronomy and the festive atmosphere flood every corner of the city.
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