San Juan

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The event of San Juan is celebrated all over the country. In Barcelona, it is a traditional celebration that everybody does it his or her own way. Going with family or friends for dinner, playing music and lighting bonfires. The celebration worships the sun, by the arrival of the summer solstice. With the lighting of the fires, the celebrations begin in the squares and streets of the neighborhoods of Barcelona, dinners, pyrotechnic shows, dances and much fun until dawn. The event of the night of San Juan in the city of Barcelona is very old, especially with the central presence of the bonfires, because it is a common belief that the flames distract and frighten the evil spirits that come during this night.

La Patum

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La Fiesta de la Patum de Berga is a traditional celebration that is realized during the Corpus Christi festivties in the province of Barcelona The celebration consists in different representations of mystical and symbolical figures, and they dance to the rhythm of the music and the drums. The dances are characterized by their solemnity, also by the use of fire and pyrotechnic materials. La Patum is celebrated once a year. The exact date varies for the fact that it has to coincide with the Corpus Christi festivity. That’s way the Patum is celebrated between the last days of May and the last days of June.

Corpus Christi of Granada

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The Corpus fair is the biggest festival of the city. Every year, it begins on a Saturday at midnight with the “alumbrao”, lightning of the thousands of bulbs on the facade, and it ends the following Saturday with fireworks. With more than five hundred years of antiquity, these celebrations of Corpus were realized for the first time under the real mandate. They are part of the most joyful traditions that the city preserves and throughout its history, they have served as parentheses in the daily life of the Granada, promoting a journey of healthy coexistence and fun. On Sunday of the following week of the Corpus festivity, a small procession is celebrated around the Cathedral, the so-called Octave of the Corpus.

El Rocío

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El Rocío is a pilgrimage of popular Andalusian Catholicism in honor of the Virgen Del Rocío. The pilgrimage is celebrated on the weekend of Pentecost Monday. The Virgin is located in the hermitage of El Rocío, which is in the village of Almonteña, in the province of Huelva. The brotherhood of Almonte is in charge of organizing the cults and pilgrimage of the Virgin Mary. After traveling, on foot, on horseback, in carts decked out in carriages or in charrets, an immense multitude of devotees arrive at the doors of the hermitage, where they perform what they call the the grill. They take out the Virgin that they call “White Dove” in procession and carry it in their shoulders by the village. The journey crosses the different brotherhoods from where the priests pray the Salve, accompanied by the people of the province.

The Castellers – Traditions

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A Castell is a human tower of many stories high that has been forming traditionally in the Tarragona field, more than 200 years ago and it has been extended to the Penedés and through all Cataluña. A Casteller is a person part of the tower. On November 16th of 2010, they were declared by the UNESCO Inmaterial Cultural Patrimony. A numerous group of men, women and of every age intervene in a castell that train through the whole year to compete and perform.

Festival de los Patios de Córdoba

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It’s about a contest of courtyards in Cordoba that it is celebrated, by general rule, during the second and third week of May. The participants open, in a free manner, their own courtyards. In the last years, the courtyards in the contests are marked with hedge pots that are placed flanking the doors. To motivate the festival and conserve the typical architecture of the city, it is admitted to the contest courtyards of new construction, stablishing 2 categories: old architecture and modern architecture. Maximum 50 courtyards participate in the contest. The festival is completely with an educational program organized by the Town Hall whose objective is to give the students a chance to know the architecture and the heritage, as well to promote respect for it. The festivity is completed with a celebration in San Basilio: the neighborhood association of the town puts up a barre next to the tower of Belen, and the bars in the street San Basilio contribute with the music and sell beverages to the people of Cordoba and the tourists. In 1980, it was declared Fiesta de Interés Turístico Nacional. The festivity of the courtyards of Cordoba was declared World Immaterial Heritage by the UNESCO […]

San Isidro

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The Festivities of San Isidro offer a unique opportunity to know the most authentic Madrid. They are celebrated in May, when the Chulapos and Goyescos (people of Madrid dressed in the typical costumes) go out to have fun with music, dancing the chotis and eat in honor of the Saint. In addition, the prestigious Taurine Fair of San Isidro takes place. A unique opportunity to discover the typical customs of Madrid. During the holiday weekend there are concerts and parades around the city center. There are also activities for children around the city and parties where to enjoy at night. The best thing is that most of these activities are free.

Temps de Flors at Girona

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What started as a small event that was once celebrated in the City Hall in Girona in 1954, has turned into an international festival. The event consisted in organizing a first edition of what they called “Concurso exposición Provincial de Flores al Saló de Descans del Teatre Municipal”, the success that the exposition had led them to celebrate it year after year until today. The festival grows in space each year. 1979 was the first year that the event was celebrated under the name “Asociación de los amigos de las flores y los jardines”. By the time goes by, the neighbors of Girona have been opening their gardens to the public during the festival.

Feria de Abril

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For a week, Sevilla only lives for this event. The music, the food, and the dancing create a very special atmosphere. La feria de Abril is one of the most internationals and traditionalist events of Sevilla. It was originated in 1847 as a cattle market. For a week, more than 1,000 booths installed in the fairgrounds become the second home of the people of this city, a space to share and have fun until late. Officially the event begins on Monday at midnight with the “prueba del alumbrao”, the lighting of the thousand colored light bulbs of the fairground. While the event lasts people dress in typical Andalusian clothes. Another essential element is the bulls: every afternoon the Plaza de la Maestranza is filled to witness the corresponding run. And a fireworks show on Sunday at midnight, closes the April Fair until the following year.

Sant Jordi

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As Today is “Sant Jordi” we would like to share  with you the tale and some pictures we have taken  in Barcelona. “According to legend, there was a terrifying dragon located in the village of Montblanc, south-west of Barcelona. The dragon was always hungry, so the people in the village gave him one animal a day to keep it from attacking the village. However, one day the dragon ate the last of the animals, and then it started eating the people of the village too. In order to satisfy the hunger of the dragon, the people of the village decided to randomly chose a person every day to be sacrificed to the beast.   One day the princess’ name came up, and although that made the King very sad, he sent her to the dragon. But just when the dragon was about to eat the princess, a brave and handsome knight, known as Sant Jordi, rode into town and killed the beast with his spear, saving her life. From the blood of the dragon, there grew a rose bush, and Sant Jordi took a red rose and gave it to the princess as a sign of his love. Everybody in the village […]