Festivals in andalucia, South Spain. Learn Spanish and enjoy the Spanish Culture
Festivals in Andalucia!
Traditions and festivals are the clear expression of the character and the essential values of people
and this is undoubtedly the case in Andalusia! The variety of fiestas and celebrations to be found in
Andalusia is as broad as its geography and the calendar of events is like an encyclopaedia that
summaries the arts and customs of its people and their towns. The spring festivals, sowing and
harvest festivals, patron saint’s day fiestas, fairs, wine festivals, open-air fiestas and pilgrimages all
demonstrate the finest local crafts, gastronomy, music, dance and religious beliefs.
The Carnival celebrations give a rather noisy start to the season, with a humorous and satirical look
at everyday roles in society. During Easter week, faithfully year after year, churches bring out their
most valuable treasures to accompany the Passion statues for the processions. The Corpus Christi
festivities are the inspiration for another impressive parade. The May Crosses festival brings together
the sacred and the profane in perfect harmony. The world of horses and bulls is also an inseparable
part of the Andalusian tradition. Jerez de la Frontera is the birthplace of the famous Carthusian horse
and of some of the most prestigious ranches for rearing wild bulls. Unfortunately bullfighting still has
fundamental importance in Andalusia on account of its deep roots. Unlike Catalonia, which regional
parliament has outlawed bullfighting in 2010 on July 28 th. But the amount of opponents in
Andalusia is growing as well. Time will tell how this will develop….
“Romerías” are religious processions, heirs of ancient fertility rituals, that usually take place in the
countryside. Well known are Spain's biggest festival, the Romeria Del Rocio in Huelva and the Virgin
de la Cabeza in Jaén. Up to one million people are expected to travel to the marshes near the mouth
of the Guadalquivir River to sing, eat, dance and pay homage to the Virgen del Rocio. The over 3000
festive events celebrated in this region manifests the cheerful and extrovert character of the
Andalusians. Some of these are of great renown and can boast that they have been declared Festivals
of International Tourist Interest. For example, the Feria in Malaga, the Cadiz Carnival and the Horse
Fair of Jerez.
All this provides a good excuse for travellers
to escape from ordinary daily life and lose themselves
in the passion, colours and serenity of traditional Andalusia…
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