Top Spanish Festivals

Top Spanish Festivals

Semana Santa - Semana Santa, or Holy Week, is one of the most important traditional events of the city and also the most important Holy Week in Spain. This is the week preceding Easter Sunday or Pascua. Despite the serious symbolism of the week, the city is extremely vibrant and busy throughout. Regular department stores and little shops are often closed for the week's events, but the restaurants and bars of Sevilla remain full of people.
Semana Santa
San Fermin (Pamplona Bull Run) - The festival of San Fermín (or Sanfermines, Basque: Sanferminak) in the city of Pamplona (Navarre, Spain), is a deeply rooted celebration held annually from6 July.The Sanfermines have arrived. When the chupinazo is fired the city explodes into life. Thousands of people from all over the world descend on the city, which dresses up in red and white.  For nine days the streets turn into a feast of friendship, joy, music and non-stop partying, to the rhythm of the charangas and the peñas.
San Fermin
Las Fallas - Las Fallas is a traditional celebration held in commemoration of Saint Joseph in the city of Valencia, in Spain. The Fallas are enormous models made out of papier mache, wood and wax, and often characaturing Spanish social and political current affairs. The models are burnt on the night of 19 March in a festival of fire, fireworks and organized mayhem.
Las Fallas
Fireworks and firecrackers play a big role in any fiestas held in this region, and Fallas is no exception. Be careful of firecrackers being thrown along the street by youngsters. And be prepared for the ground to shake with the force of the fireworks display which begins at midnight. There are various theories concerning the origins of Fallas. Some claim that the festivals have been celebrated in Valencia since the Middle Ages when carpenters used to light a bonfire on 19th March, St Joseph Day. Joseph - José in Spanish - is the Patron Saint of Valencia, and St Joseph's Day is Fathers Day all over Spain.

Feria de Sevilla - The Seville Fair is held in the Andalusian capital of Seville, Spain. The fair generally begins two weeks after the Semana Santa, or Easter Holy Week. Is one of the most popular celebrations in Spain where you can enjoy sevillanas, bullfights, flamenco music & dancers.
Feria de Sevilla
Carnival - Carnival is a festive season which occurs immediately before Lent; the main events are usually during February. Carnival typically involves a public celebration or parade combining some elements of a circus, mask and public street party. People often dress up or masquerade during the celebrations, which mark an overturning of daily life.
Cristianos y Moros - Cristianos y Moros is a set of festival activities which are celebrated in many towns and cities of Spain. This festival acts out a part of Spanish history demonstrating the battles between the Arabs and the Christians that took place in the region centuries ago. One of the best places to see this fiesta is Alcoy, in Alicante, where the celebrations take place between the 22 and the 24 of April.
Cristianos y Moros
Tomatina Tomato Fight - The Tomatina Tomato Fight takes place on the fourth Wednesday in August. The Tomatina Tomato Fight is probably the world's biggest food fight. Thousands of people gather in the streets of the tiny town of Bu�ol to fling tomatoes at each other. The origins of the festival are unknown and, to most people who like throwing food at each other, largely unimportant.
Tomatina Tomato Fight
Christmas & New Year - Christmas in Spain is what you'd expect of a Catholic country. It is a family event, with much eating and drinking, visiting relatives and going to mass.
Christmas & New Year
Semana Grande, Bilbao -  The Semana Grande takes place on the Third Week of August. Semana Grande is another 'general' festival, much like the Feria de Sevilla but a little less traditional. A big attraction of Semana Grande is the large number of concerts, from rock to pop and classical to jazz. Each night there is an important international firework competition, while you should also catch the now-famous strong man competition.
Semana Grande, Bilbao
Tamborrada - Tamborrada celebrate every year on 20 January in the city of San Sebastián.  At midnight, in the Konstituzio Plaza in the "Alde Zaharra/Parte Vieja" (Old Town), the mayor raises the flag of San Sebastián. For 24 hours, day and night, the entire city is awash with the sound of drums. The adults, dressed as cooks and soldiers, march in different companies across various parts of the city with different schedules. The celebration finishes at midnight when the city flag is lowered at various locations, while the main meeting point remains the Konstituzio Plaza.

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