The best Spanish festivals you can’t afford to miss
From pelting tomatoes in Valencia to jumping over bonfires in Arizkun, here are the best Spanish festivals to add to your bucket list.
Whether you call Spain home or are just passing through, attending festivals is a great way to immerse yourself in the country’s vibrant culture. And luckily, there are plenty of spectacular Spanish festivals to choose from. Just pick a category and explore some of these weird and wonderful festivities throughout the country:
- Religious festivals in Spain
- Three Kings Day (Fiesta de los Reyes), nationwide
- All Saints’ Day (Día de Todos los Santos), Cádiz
- Holy Week (Semana Santa), Seville
- The Day of the Holy Innocents (Día de los Santos Inocentes), nationwide
- Fiesta de la Mercè, Barcelona
- Feast of St. James, (Dia de Santiago), Santiago de Compostela
- Cultural festivals in Spain
- Saint Sebastian Festival, (Festes de Sant Sebastia), San Sebastian
- Jarramplas Festival, Piornal, Cáceres
- The Arizkun Carnival (Jumping the Bonfire), Arizkun, Navarra
- Sitges Carnival, Catalonia
- Las Fallas Festival, Valencia
- Sant Jordi (Saint George) Festival, Barcelona
- Near Death Festival, Neves
- Festa Major de Gràcia, Catalonia
- Aste Nagusia, Bilbao
- La Tomatina, Buñol, west of Valencia
- Feria de Sevilla, Seville
- Fiesta de San Isidro, Madrid
- El Colacho (Baby Jumping) Festival, Castrillo de Murcia, near Burgos
- International Festival of Music and Dance, Granada
- Hispanic Day/Columbus Day, throughout Spain
- Food and drink events in Spain
- Feria de la Manzanilla in Sanlucar de Barrameda
- Haro Wine Festival
- San Andres Festival, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife
- Film festivals in Spain
- CutreCon Film Festival, Madrid
- International Animation Festival, Lleida, Catalonia
- San Sebastián International Film Festival
- Annual Horror and Fantasy Film Festival, San Sebastian
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Religious festivals in Spain
Three Kings Day (
Fiesta de los Reyes), nationwide
This famous religious festival is celebrated on 6 January and is considered to be Christmas day in Spanish culture. In anticipation of the arrival of the Three Kings, towns and cities across the country put on a spectacular parade on 5 January, which is known as the Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos. Musicians, dancers, and entertainment fill the streets while the Three Kings throw candy to children from their floats. The next day, families exhancge gifts and enjoy a big lunch together, as well as a traditional ring-shaped cake called the Roscón de Reyes, which represents the jewels of the crown and has a bean and a toy hidden inside.
All Saints’ Day (
Día de Todos los Santos), Cádiz
All Saints’ Day is celebrated by the Roman Catholic and Protestant churches on 1 November. It is tradition to visit the graves of departed loved ones and place flowers or light candles on them. Although it is celebrated throughout the country, it is especially fun in Cádiz where celebrations are a little different. Here, it is known as Tosantos and the Gaditanos (locals of Cádiz) do wacky things like dress up rabbits and suckling pigs in the market, and make dolls out of fruit. The whole region gets involved and the festivities last all week.
Holy Week (
Semana Santa), Seville
Semana Santa is one of the most important festivals on the Spanish holiday calendar. The Easter festivities take place all across Spain during the seven days leading up to Easter Sunday. However, the biggest spectacle is in Seville where a series of processions of elaborate floats bearing jeweled statues of Mary and Jesus take to the streets; alongside penitents wearing pointed hoods, and brass bands. Each year, the city is packed with visitors and locals, alike, but the experience is worth it.
The Day of the Holy Innocents (
Día de los Santos Inocentes), nationwide
Every 28 December, the Spanish equivalent of April Fool’s Day gives people an excuse to do crazy things, such as playing practical jokes and telling spoof stories. During The Day of the Holy Innocents, it is also tradition to cut out white paper figures and pin them on the backs of unknowing victims who are called “innocents” – so beware! Ironically, the micheiveous tradition has a bit of a morbid backstory as it commemorates the killing of all children under the age of two by King Herod who attempted to kill the baby Jesus.
Fiesta de la Mercè, Barcelona
Every year, around the end of September, Barcelona hosts its largest street party, the Fiesta de la Merce in honor of the city’s patron saint, Our Lady of Mercy (La Mercè). Free music concerts take place in the plazas (particularly Plaça de Catalunya and Plaça Sant Jaume), and figures from folklore such as the gigants (giants) and cap grosses (fatheads) take to the streets. People come out to perform the sardana (the traditional Catalan dance) and to watch the nail-biting castellers (human towers). As night falls, firework displays light up the sky, culminating in an open-air performance by hair-raising correfoc; firework-brandishing devils and dragons.
Feast of St. James, (
Dia de Santiago), Santiago de Compostela
The annual Feast of Saint James (Dia de Santiago) takes places every 25 July in Santiago de Compostela, and is a public holiday in Galicia. It commemorates the life and work of Saint James; the town’s patron saint who lies in the local cathedral. Theater productions, street shows, concerts, and dance events occur, together with religious services, during the festivities. Those walking the Camino de Santiago can also time their pilgrimage to end at this event.
Cultural festivals in Spain
Saint Sebastian Festival, (
Festes de Sant Sebastia), San Sebastian
Every January, Spain’s northern city of San Sebastian comes alive with an explosion of bonfires and dancing in celebration of the patron saint of Mallorca, Saint Sebastian. For two weeks, visitors and local alike enjoy cultural activities, sports events, and entertainment. In fact, the event is one of the highlights of the Spanish winter’s festivities, with barbecues taking place in Palma and the famous tamborrada drumming filling the air.
Jarramplas Festival, Piornal, Cáceres
Taking place every 19 and 20 January in the town of Piornal in the Cáceres province, the Jarramplas Festival involves pelting thousands of hard turnips at the devil-like characters (Jarramplas) to drive away evil spirits. During the festivities, several young men take turns dressing up in scary costumes of colorful fabric, a mask, green horns, and body armor underneath. Amazingly, portraying the Jarramplas is considerdd to be such an honor that there is a waiting list of some 20 years! While the exact origin of the festival are unknown, one popular theory is that the Jarramplas represents a cattle thief who was once punished by the locals.
The Arizkun Carnival (Jumping the Bonfire), Arizkun, Navarra
Every February, thousands of people queue up in the streets of Azizkun in Navarra to jump over some 20 bonfires, a tradition which dates back to pagan times. The jumps are believed to encourage fertility and ward off evil spirits. During the Arizkun Carnival, locals dress up in instantly recognizable costumes that look like sheepskin coats, adorned with black pots, wearing maypole-style hats, and carrying brushes. Needless to say, this daring challenge is not for the faint-hearted.
Sitges Carnival, Catalonia
Anything goes in the run-up to Lent in Spain’s most famous gay coastal vacation city, Sitges. The seven-day-long Sitges Carnival attracts more than 250,000 people who come to enjoy amazing parades, shows, and parties. There’s also a famous drag queen show and an enormous feast. The names of the two main parades – Extermination and Debauchery Parades – are a clue to the extravagance of the event, so make sure you dress up for the occasion. Conveniently, extra night buses and trains can get you to the event and back if you are staying in Barcelona.
Las Fallas Festival, Valencia
High-tech giant-size ninots (puppets or dolls) are shaped into traditional figures or even modern cultural icons such as Shrek and President Obama at the Las Fallas festival. The festival is actually on the UNESCO Cultural Heritage List since 2016. The creations are on display all over the city before locals light them in one of the many bonfires, which take place amid much partying. This year, more than 800 Fallas monuments will be bursting with humor and satire, fireworks, music, and tradition.
Sant Jordi (Saint George) Festival, Barcelona
Sant Jordi, or St George, is the patron saint of Catalonia. But St George’s Day in Barcelona is also the city’s version of Valentine’s Day when romance sweeps the city. The tradition is for the man to give his lady a rose in return for a book. The streets and balconies are clad in Catalonia’s red and yellow flag, the Senyera.
Near Death Festival, Neves
Those who have had a brush with death in the past year are carried through the streets in coffins to thank Saint Marta, the patron saint of death. Known in Spanish as Romería de Santa Marta de Ribarteme, this Near Death festival takes place in the small village Las Nieves, which borders Portugal.
Festa Major de Gràcia, Catalonia
All year long, the residents of Gràcia work on elaborate decorations with themes such as marine life, the solar system, or even local politics, to hang in the streets. By day, long trestle tables are set up for communal lunches as well as board games; at night, thousands invade the tiny streets for outdoor concerts, dances, and general revelry. The Gracia festival takes place outdoors in the hot, balmy weather in August.
Aste Nagusia, Bilbao
The Aste Nagusia, Semana Grande or Big Week, the Aste Nagusia festival in northern Spain, is held at the end of August when a rocket (txupinazo) shoots into the sky and the festival mascot Marijaia makes her appearance on a balcony of the Arriaga Theater. This nine-day festival celebrates Basque culture with live music and dancing; wood chopping, stone carrying, and strongman competitions; parades of giants; food and drink; bullfights; concerts; and nightly fireworks, culminating in the burning of Marijana.
La Tomatina, Buñol, west of Valencia
This is the world-renowned, tomato-flinging festival held on the last Wednesday of August. Thousands of joyful revelers use truckloads of overripe tomatoes as missiles. Only recently has the town started charging an entrance fee, so you’ll need a ticket to get in. Bring goggles and a change of clothes.
Feria de Sevilla, Seville
Spring Fair, the Feria, comes two weeks after Semana Santa. The Feria is a joyful festival with masses of Spanish food, drink, music, and dancing. Southwest of the city, there is a huge area is for the fair, creating a small town of casetas (tents or pavilions) for drinking, eating, and socializing. Most of the tents are private and invitation-only, but there are seven public ones, so you won’t miss out. Sevilliano/as, in traditional flamenco dresses, or tight trousers and boleros, parade around on horseback and in carriages – providing you with some fabulous photo opportunities.
Fiesta de San Isidro, Madrid
It’s Madrid‘s largest festival. The events offer an opportunity to wear the traditional castizo finery and sample tasty delicacies such as thick, steamy broth. Music and dancing are everywhere with flamenco, zarzuelas, and Latin rhythms happening at concerts all over the city. The San Isidro Festival starts with a grand procession of giants and cabezudos, with an opening speech in the Plaza Mayor afterward. Over the next few days, entertainment and revelry take over the city’s public spaces.
El Colacho (Baby Jumping) Festival, Castrillo de Murcia, near Burgos
The Spanish El Colacho festival sees townspeople dress up in colorful costumes. They form a queue to leap over a mattress laden with babies born during the previous year. The ceremony rids the babies of evil spirits and guards them against illness. This is one of the Corpus Christi festivals in Spain on the first Sunday after Corpus Christi.
International Festival of Music and Dance, Granada
This Spanish festival is a celebration of flamenco and classical music that traces its origins back to the 1880s. It combines the vibrant energy of Spanish guitars, castanets, and flamenco dancers. It has also become widely known for the impressive performance venues and for the presence of the most outstanding performers of the day. Each year, outstanding young artists, musicians, and dancers include in their projects top professionals who are prepared to back interesting new projects.
Hispanic Day/Columbus Day, throughout Spain
El Día de la Hispanidad is a national holiday of Spain that is celebrated on 12 October, commemorating when Christopher Columbus set foot in the Americas. A special parade happens at La Plaza de Colon in Madrid, led by the military and the Spanish royal family. A wide array of other authorities, from foreign diplomats as well as the presidents of the autonomous governments, attend this parade. The Spanish armed forces also fly through the air doing aerobatics with red and yellow smoke drawing images for the crowd to see.
Food and drink events in Spain
Feria de la Manzanilla in Sanlucar de Barrameda
If you like your sherry, this Sanlucar de Barrameda festival (only in Spanish) should be right up your street. The locals celebrate their local drink by consuming unhealthy quantities of it, along with plenty of fish and tasty tapas. The week officially begins when the lights turn on, but festivities usually start early the previous weekend. On Sunday, there is a spectacular firework display to end the festival with a bang.
Haro Wine Festival
There are celebrations all over Spain to mark the Spanish wine harvest. One of the best is in Haro in La Rioja region. La Batalla de Vino, or the Wine Fight, starts with a huge street party on the eve of 29 June. The next day, the locals climb up a nearby mountain and drench each other with rioja using sprays, buckets, water pistols, or whatever they can lay their hands on. The battle then moves down the mountain and into the town where dancing and general merrymaking continues, all accompanied by the quaffing of lots and lots of vino tinto. Wear old clothes!
San Andres Festival, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife
In theory, the San Andres festival is about tasting the new year’s wine, but it’s usually more about making a lot of noise in the streets with pots, pans, and assorted objects. Celebrants drag cans and other noisy metal objects tied to string and wire through the streets of the town, and everyone drinks into the early hours.
Film festivals in Spain
CutreCon Film Festival, Madrid
Films that are so bad that they’re actually good are the cornerstone of this festival. This five-day Cutrecon film festival (only in Spanish) held in Madrid celebrates bad acting, terrible scripts, and tragic directing. This festival attracts several thousand visitors.
International Animation Festival, Lleida, Catalonia
The Animac Mostra Internacional de Cinema d’Animació de Catalunya is a ANIMAC film exhibition open to makers of animated films using a variety of techniques. Takes place over four days with projections, conferences, workshops, and other special activities in the usual headquarters of the festival, La Llotja, CaixaForum Lleida.
San Sebastián International Film Festival
The premier film festival of Spain takes place in the Basque capital in September, across several different theaters. Retrospectives are frequently featured, and week-long screenings are also held.
Annual Horror and Fantasy Film Festival, San Sebastian
Various venues show a range of horror movies during this Horror and Fantasy Film Festival. Together with outdoor performances and street theater, comedy events, horror-related exhibitions, and many fanzine festivities.
Top 10 Spanish Festivals You Can’t Miss
Updated on Jun 19 • 3 minute read
Celebrations are a huge part of Spanish culture; No one knows how to party. They love dancing, dressing up, drinking, and just enjoying life! Naturally, there’re many colorful, unique, and vibrant fiestas in Spain you can’t see anywhere else!
To help you navigate the eventful calendar of festivals in Spain, we’ve made a list of the __top 10 must-see Spain festivals.
- Date: 02 – 09 April
Spain is one of the best countries to visit during Semana Santa (Holy Week). After all, Semana Santa is one of Spain’s most important religious and traditional events.
The celebrations in Seville and Málaga are the most popular ones.
In every town, week-long festivities take place until Easter Sunday, including fun and colorful parades, church services, and delicious brunches__. People fill streets with religious and traditional costumes to see live bands, marches, and street performers.
Tomatina Tomato Fight
- Date: 31 August
- Location: Buñol
La Tomatina is the _world’s largest food fight held in Buñol, a small town close to Valencia. In this peculiar festival, thousands of participants have been throwing tomatoes at each other for over 74 years.
The tomatoes used for the festival are said to be of extremely low quality, about to go bad, or already rotten.
Each year, only 20,000 participants are allowed to attend La Tomatina; believe it or not, tickets are always sold out immediately.
If you decide to become one of the thousand participants in this massive food fight, please keep the following in mind to be safe:
Only throw tomatoes.
Follow the instructions of the security.
To avoid hurting others, squish your tomatoes.
Keep your distance from other participants.
The Wine Battle of Haro
- Date: 29 June
- Location: La Rioja
If tomato throwing isn’t your cup of tea, then you can attend the Battle of Wine. Each year, 10,000 people dress in white in the town of Haro in the La Rioja region to gather and throw wine on each other__.
In 2011, The Wine Battle of Haro became one of Spain’s 30 Festivals of International Tourist Interest.
- Date: before the Holy Week
There’re only a handful of wild festivals in the world, such as the Carnival season in Spain. Every Spanish city hosts its version of a colorful, massive, and magnificent carnival each year. While you can experience this eccentric celebration anywhere in Spain, the Tenerife island is home to Spain’s largest Carnival.
During the Carnival, days are filled with competitions, performances, dance shows, and costume parties. The nights are filled with fun Spanish nights, parties, fireworks, and bonfire gatherings.
Carnival in Spain is usually celebrated between February and March, but the exact dates change depending on the Easter date.
- Date: 15 – 19 March
- Location: Valencia
Valencia](https://housinganywhere.com/s/Valencia–Spain) has many vibrant festivals. But perhaps the most dazzling one is Las Fallas — Fire Festival. Las Fallas is part of UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list and attracts more than 2 million tourists each year to Valencia.
There’s a reason why it’s known as Fire Festival: for 4 days, fireworks and bonfires engulf every street.
During Las Fellas, each neighborhood organizes ninots (giant dolls) workshops, decorates its streets with puppets, and hosts parades in the morning. At night, people attend parties until the sun comes up.
Fiesta de los Reyes
- Date: 05 January
Fiesta de los Reyes (Three Kings Day) is a religious festival as important as Christmas in Spain. Celebrations start with the arrival of the glorious Three Kings parade in every city, accompanied by dancers and puppeteers. People go to the streets to watch the parade and catch the candies thrown by the Three Kings.
People flood the neighborhoods in extravagant costumes to attend events, enjoy activities, and eat yummy meals from food trucks.
The next day is all about the family: families gather together to eat lunch and open presents.
Día de los Santos Inocentes
- Date: 28 December
Día de los Santos Inocentes (The Day of the Holy Innocents) is almost like Spain’s version of April’s Fool Day. It’s very common to do pranks on your friends at school and work. So be alert! One of the popular pranks people do is putting white paper cuts on their friends to tag them as unknown innocents. They also tell jokes and obscure stories to feel their friends.
- Date: 02 – 11 September
- Location: Sitges
Every fall, more than 250,000 people come to Sitges, a town close to Barcelona, to attend one of the most famous festivals in the world. Without fail, every year, Sitges lives up to its name as the most iconic party city in Spain. It hosts 2 lavish parades: Debauchery and Extermination. And as a city popular for its glamorous LGBTQ+ parties and events, you’ll be sure to come across drag shows, and beauty pageants, concerts, fireworks, games, and more.
Sitges Carnival is 24 hours, non-stop party week where thousands of people dress up in creative costumes and colorful makeup.
- Date: 15 May
- Location: Madrid
End of every spring, Madrid honors its patron saint, San Isidro Labrador, with a jam-packed program full of events, celebrations, and concerts. During San Isidro, people go to parks to have picnics with their friends and families to enjoy the festivities.
One of the traditions is drinking patron’s water from the Ermita de San Isidro spring. Another tradition is dressing up in traditional costumes to dance in the streets.
Festes La Mercè
- Date: end of September
- Location: Barcelona
There’re so many exciting festivals in Barcelona. Festes La Mercè is one you should add to the top of your list.
Each year, Barcelona residents enjoy a parade of dancers and giant dragons in Plaça Sant Jaume, alongside projection shows, free concerts, and dance shows. La Mercè is also famous for Correfoc shows, a Catalan tradition where dancers dress as devils and wave pitchforks with fireworks.
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Most popular holidays in Spain. Spain in Russian
Spain is famous throughout the world for its traditions associated with mass fun. The popularity of some Spanish holidays changes over time, but throughout the modern history of the country, two favorite celebrations have firmly taken leading places in the hearts of the people.
This was confirmed in 2009 by the vote of the Spaniards themselves on a specially created site dedicated to national holidays. The best holiday in Spain is San Juan Day in Soria. On this day, the saint is not so much honored as the arrival of summer. In second place is another San Juan, in the city of Miranda de Ebro (Burgos).
Foreign tourists may be surprised by the fact that the world-famous festival of San Fermin in Pamplona, the very race with the bulls, is only in 34th place, and the equally famous Tomatina – the fight on tomatoes in Bunyol – was not even included in the 50 most famous and popular folk fiestas.
We offer you to get acquainted with the top 7 popular holidays, which the Spaniards themselves put in the first place.
1. Feast of San Juan in Soria
The Feast of San Juan, or the Feast of the Mother of God, is one of the ancient traditions of the city of Soria (Castile and Leon), the first mention of which dates back to 1100 AD. e.
For six days (from Wednesday to Monday) residents of the city arrange festive festivities and processions. The reason for the fun is San Juan Day – June 24 (which in Spain is traditionally considered the day of the summer solstice). At 19In 68, the holiday was recognized as an event of national tourist interest and has attracted many tourists ever since.
Wednesday (el Pregón) – the eve of the festive action. At 23:00 on the main square of the city, the beginning of fun is announced from the balcony of the city hall.
The main day is Thursday. If June 24 falls on a Thursday, then on the night of the 23rd the beginning of the holiday is announced. Otherwise, you have to wait until the next Wednesday after San Juan Day to start the fun.
On Thursday (la Saca), 12 bulls are brought into the city. They are released at noon near Mount Valonsadero and, to the cries of thousands of people, riders on horseback escort them to the city’s plaza de toros (the bullring). This marks the arrival of the holiday in the city.
Friday (de Toros) is the most popular day of the holiday. In the bullring in the morning and evening, thousands of people will gather to watch the bullfight.
On Saturday (Agés), the inhabitants receive their share of the meat of the bull, and the giblets and other remains of the bull are sold at auction.
Sunday (de Calderas) – the day of the festive procession in national costumes, when residents carry decorated cauldrons of cooked meat through the streets, accompanied by wine, chorizo sausage and bread.
Monday (de Bailas) – the day of the street procession with religious images, including the Holy Virgin Mary in a white robe. All the action is accompanied by dances and music, and at night on the main square of the city, having sung more than 30 songs in honor of San Juan, they announce the official closing of the holiday.
2. Festival of San Juan del Monte in Miranda de Ebro (Burgos)
The Feast of San Juan del Monte is celebrated on the Monday of Pentecost (or Pentecostés, the 50th day after Easter) and the weekend preceding it. It is one of the largest religious holidays in the north of Spain, and its origins date back to the Middle Ages, when every year in the villages prayers were raised to heaven asking for good harvests.
The holiday falls in May or June, depending on Easter, and was designated an Event of National Tourist Interest in 2015. For several days, various festivals and competitions are held in the city, and the revival in the streets does not subside until late at night.
The beginning of the fun is announced on Thursday night from the City Hall balcony, and on Friday the traditional music competition for teams of eight (concurso de ochotes) is held.
On Saturday, thousands of people gather in the Plaza de España to witness a kind of “resurrection of the drum”, when the symbol of the holiday is raised from the river and placed on the balcony of Urbina’s palace. After a solemn blow on the drum, the whole area is filled with jubilation.
On Sunday, residents of the city attend a festive Mass at St. Mary’s Church, and on Monday they take part in a religious pilgrimage to Mount San Juan, located three kilometers from the city. The festive action is accompanied by picnics, brass band music and tasting of cod and morcilla (blood sausage).
3. Zipotegato Festival in Tarasona (Zaragoza)
Zipotegato (or the feast in honor of the patron saint of San Atilano) is one of the curious and wonderful national events. It is celebrated from August 27 to September 1, and in 2009 it was declared an event of national tourist interest.
The main event of the holiday is the pursuit of Sipotegato, a mythical character in a tricolor hooded jester costume, in which the pursuing crowd seeks to hit with tomatoes. Every year, one of the young people of the city is selected for this role by drawing.
The tradition dates back to the middle of the 18th century, when every year one of the prisoners of Tarasona was given the opportunity to receive a pardon. A necessary condition for gaining freedom was only to pass through the crowd throwing stones at him and to be outside the city.
For several days, the city hosts concerts, dancing, music and free food. And the dress code of the holiday is white clothes with a blue scarf and a belt – the colors of the Tarazona flag.
The festivities end on September 1 with the “burning of the toad” ceremony, where a burning image of a frog or toad represents local events.
4. Feast of Arde Lucus in Lugo (province of the same name in Galicia)
Arde Lucus is a historical holiday when residents take to the streets to remember the times of the ancient Roman Lugo. It has been celebrated since 2001, in 2011 it was declared a holiday of tourist interest in Galicia, and in recent years the number of participants in the holiday has reached a million.
During the days of celebrations (one of the weekends in June is chosen for Arde Lucus) military camps, slave trade, circus and theatrical performances, gladiator fights are organized. The Roman market offers typical products of the era, and tourists are entertained by jugglers and street magicians.
Celtic weddings are also held these days, when couples in love can marry according to ancient customs.
By the way, such a union is valid only for a year, and in order to receive an official marriage certificate, it is necessary to renew wedding vows for seven years in a row.
5. Fallas in Valencia
About two million tourists come to Valencia every year to witness the Fallas festival. Held from March 15 to 19 in honor of the feast of San Jose, the patron saint of carpenters, when, according to tradition, old things should be burned.
Fire and pyrotechnics play a major role in this celebration, recognized as an event of international tourist interest.
The main event of the holiday is the burning of huge fallas dolls, among which real and fairy-tale characters appear in allegorical form.
The festival is prepared throughout the year and is accompanied by numerous festive events associated with the Fallas.
6. Feast of San Isidro in Yecla (Murcia)
A popular holiday among Spaniards, held in honor of the patron saint of farmers, San Isidro, in mid-May, with a cozy atmosphere.
At this time, festive processions and processions are organized, flower battles are held and queens of the festival are chosen.
One of the recognizable highlights of San Ysidro is the parade of festive wagons, decorated with flowers and huge figures that embody scenes related to agriculture and can reach five meters in height.
Residents of the city, dressed in national costumes, scatter confetti from carts, and the participants of the holiday are treated to wine and national dishes.
7. Festival “Moors and Christians” in the city of Alcoy (Alicante)
Festival with historical themes and international fame, recognized as an event of international tourist interest since 1980.
The historical occasion for the holiday is the battle of Alcoy in 1276, when the inhabitants of the city had to face the troops of a Muslim leader named Alasrak. According to legend, at the most tense moment, the figure of St. George (San Jorge) appeared on the walls of the city and decided the outcome of the battle. Saint George became the patron saint of these holidays, and celebrations in his honor fall on April 23rd.
From April 21 to April 24, military parades, costume performances and battles between Christians and Muslims are recreated on the streets of the city.
The balconies of the city, from where it is best to watch all the action, are decorated with white flags with red crosses (the symbol of St. George), and a wooden fortress is being built on the main square of the city, which will become the main decoration for the events of the holiday.
According to tradition, the battles end with the victory of the Christians, which is not a reason for the sadness of the Muslim camp. In amazingly luxurious outfits, after the festive processions, the inhabitants of the city go to rejoice in the victory in nearby bars.
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