The most important Spanish festivals and festivities in Spain
Spanish festivals!! Am I right? It’s one of the reasons people are more interested in learning Spanish. Spanish celebrations and Spanish festivals are some of the most admired around the world.
We are going to look into some of the Spanish festivals and how Spanish celebrations take place.
Let’s get into it!
- San Fermin (Pamplona Bull Run)
This might be one of the most action-packed traditional Spanish festivals that take place on 14th July. As per the name, it is the running with the bulls.
Throughout the duration of the Spanish festival, partakers and bulls take to the streets each morning in a nail-biting race to the bull ring. The bullfight normally takes place later in the day.
Though running with the bulls in Spain is not recommended for foreigners as it might be dangerous but that doesn’t mean you can’t watch from a distance.
- “La Tomatina” (Tomato Fight)
If you love food fights, then you’ll definitely love this particular Spanish festival. From the name, it is obvious that it is a Spanish tomato fight. It is downright messy and enjoyable at the same time.
The Spanish celebration takes place in a tiny town of Buñol, near Valencia, in Spain. It is celebrated on 25th August.
Partakers normally purchase a ticket, which includes traveling to Buñol from all over the world in order to participate.
It’s even more exciting if you understand the language.
- La Tamborrada (Drum Festival)
The drum festival is one of the noisiest Spanish festivals that you’ll ever go to. What did you really expect when you heard of the word drum festival? If you are a drum lover, this is will most likely be one of your favourite Spanish music festivals and you’ll love to be part of this fiesta.
It is an interesting Spanish music festival and gives you an opportunity to experience winter in Spain as it takes place on January 20th. One side of this festival normally has organized parades; the other side is normally free-for-all drum bashing which means you can easily become part of the fun in the Spanish celebration.
- Fiestas de Gracia
This Spanish celebration normally takes place in August. Blocks all-around contest to win a reward for the best-decorated streets around the neighborhood of Gràcia in Barcelona
Each year a different theme is provided. High standards are normally set and creativity and originality reign. The contest is fierce with canopies of decorations hanging above between the buildings and continuing onto balconies.
It is a week-long street party and is escorted by about 600 workshops, concerts, parades, and other activities.
- Semana Santa
Semana Santa, also known as Holy Week is a catholic Spanish tradition that takes place the Friday before Easter and it ends the Monday after Easter. This is done to commemorate the passion of Christ.
During this time parades of people walking with candles or crosses and biblical characters fill most of the streets all over the state with the festivities launching on Palm Sunday and concluding with theatrical processions on Good Friday.
- Crown-Shaped Christmas cake
Spanish food is well known around the globe. During Christmas Eve, the families normally gather and eat Iberian ham and a smorgasbord of seafood. This Spanish celebration happens every Christmas Eve. Then they cut a Cake called “Roscón de Reyes”, which is made of sweet brioche stuffed with lots of pastry cream and topped with candied fruit. Its donut shape is alleged to be motivated by the crowns worn by the Wise Men on their floats. After that, they wish each other “Feliz día de Reyes”.
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