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Naysha Zamira Padró

Publicado: Dec 20, 2022 09:44 PM

Cada plaza tendrá su entretenimiento para satisfacer a las distintas comunidades que acudan al evento

El alcalde de San Juan, Miguel Romero Lugo, confirmó las fechas de las Fiestas de la calle San Sebastián, y presentó el itinerario musical que habrá desde el 19 hasta el 22 de enero.

Luego de dos años desde la última celebración de las Fiestas, debido a la pandemia del COVID-19, la actividad regresará con su edición número 53 con una oferta musical variada. Asimismo, los esfuerzos estarán dirigidos a promover la esencia cultural y las tradiciones como la misa y la procesión que se celebrarán a nombre de San Sebastián; así como los bailes tradicionales de época que por los pasados años no se realizaron.

“Nuestra administración tiene como meta el retomar aquellas tradiciones que dieron inicio al evento cultural que hoy en día se ha convertido en el más grande de Puerto Rico. Estamos preparando un gran evento para el disfrute de toda la familia a la vez que revivimos el legado de Doña Rafaela Balladares, gestora de las tradicionales Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastián. Ciertamente, tendremos una gran fiesta de pueblo; las Fiestas regresan en grande. Además de los artistas que nos acompañarán, las actividades culturales, tradicionales y el entretenimiento, reviviremos las grandes tradiciones de antaño como lo es el Baile de Época que estuvo ausente por 10 años. Serán unas fiestas extraordinarias que nadie se puede perder”, expresó Romero Lugo el martes en conferencia de prensa.

El jueves, 19 de enero comenzarán las actividades culturales, con el corte de cinta, y el desfile de comparsas, pleneros y cabezudos. Mientras que el viernes, 20 se celebrará la misa a San Sebastián y su procesión desde la Calle San Sebastián final hasta la Plaza del Quinto Centenario. Asimismo, el sábado, 21 será el Baile de Época en la Plaza de Armas de 2:00 p.m. a 3:30 p.m. Este baile es una recreación de los grandes bailes de salón que se celebraban en Puerto Rico, en la última mitad del siglo 19. El domingo, 22 culminará el calendario cultural y religioso con la procesión del santo desde la Plaza Colón por la calle San Francisco hasta la Catedral de San Juan.

Como parte de las actividades, cada plaza tendrá su entretenimiento para satisfacer a las distintas comunidades que acudan a las Fiestas.

Plaza del Quinto Centenario

En esta ubicación se presentarán los siguientes: Plena Libre, Plenéalo, La Sonora Ponceña, Michael Stuart, Victoria Sanabria, La Tribu de Abrante, Luisito Carrión, Willie Rosario, Charlie Aponte y su orquesta, La India, Andy Montañez, Pedro Capó, y el reencuentro de Menudo. Mientras que la clausura estará a cargo de Tommy Torres.

Plaza de Armas

En Plaza de Armas estará el Grupo Makein, Don Perigñon y su orquesta; Orquesta los Friends, De Plena a Plena, LUVA, Galdy Santiago y Fabián Torres con su Orquesta; Tambores Calientes, Mickey Cora y su orquesta; Willito Otero, Zacandela, Rumba Caliente, LímiT-21, Joseph Fonseca y A Son de Guerra. El cierre de esta tarima estará a cargo de Grupo Manía.

Plaza de la Barandilla

A diferencia de las plazas anteriores, esta tarima tendrá un enfoque familiar. Por esta razón, incluirá el Show de Remi, la programación artística, talleres y actividades a cargo del Departamento de Arte y Cultura Municipal. Mientras que en la noche, se presentará José Nogueras, la Tuna Segreles, la Tuna de Cayey, Puertorrican Power, Pleneros de Severo, A tabal, Barreto y su Plena, Luis González y su orquesta“El Tsunami de la Salsa”; Son Divas, Lissette, Choco Orta, Melina León y San Juan Habana.

Plaza Colón

En este escenario se presentarán los siguientes “djs”: King Arthur, Xtassy, Iván Robles, Joaquín Opio y Sammy. De igual manera, Alberto Style, DJ Nelson, Apollo y Zayri, GALE, Chris Andreu y Alejo, Algarete, Viva Nativa y La Secta estarán presentes.

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‘San Sebastián’ Festival Ends Puerto Rico’s Long, Fun Holiday Season

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Do you ever wish the Christmas and holiday season lasted longer? Then start making your plans to visit Puerto Rico next year, where the Caribbean island just ended its official holiday celebrations this past weekend. You read that right — this past weekend.

Many Puerto Ricans and visitors lucky enough to be there took part in the iconic Fiestas de la Calle de San Sebastián, which ran from Jan. 19 to the 22nd. It’s an annual event centered around San Sebastián Street (Calle San Sebastián) in the Puerto Rican capital’s historic district, Old San Juan.

¡Los buenos somos más, gracias a todos! #SanSe2017 pic.twitter.com/ivcHPjccyq

— Municipio San Juan (@SJUCiudadPatria) January 21, 2017

“The festival is a 4-day celebration that has become the traditional closing of the Christmas Season for many Puerto Ricans,» said José R. Izquierdo II, the executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC). The event embraces almost all aspects of Puerto Rico’s cultural heritage, including arts and crafts kiosks, cultural events, and live music. It is truly a fun-filled celebration for all participants.

A sign of the Calle San Sebastian, (San Sebastian St. ) in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.Mariela Santos

Businesses stayed open until midnight Thursday through Saturday. Due to Puerto Rico’s balmy tropical weather, the crowds are not as much inside the bars or restaurants but outside in the historic plazas and in front of bars, talking to friends and having drinks until the early hours of the morning.

Old San Juan is a popular destination for cruise ships, and those passengers fortunate enough to be among the 6 ships that docked in Old San Juan this past Sunday were able to walk from their ships to San Sebastián street.

With more than 1,100 weekly flights from the mainland US to Puerto Rico, the island is an accessible location for a weekend getaway or vacation, notes Izquierdo from Puerto Rico Tourism, making the San Sebastián fiestas an easy mid-January getaway from the U.S.

A view of the crowd walking down the Calle San Sebastian during the San Sebastian Festival in Old San Juan, P.R., Jan. 20, 2017.Mariela Santos

One Puerto Rican told NBC Latino that she has been going to the Fiestas for approximately 17 years, and reconnecting with old friends is her favorite part.

“Meeting people, sometimes you come here and you haven’t seen someone for like, a whole year, and you see them every year here,» said the resident, who just gave her first name, Ana. «You hang out with them as if it were yesterday the last time that you saw them.»

Apart from the cultural aspect, «I love just watching people have a good time and meeting new people,» said Ana.

The Evolution of The Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastián

In the beginning, the Fiestas were a local, community event put on by volunteers. Over the years, the event became bigger and so did the number of attendees. San Sebastián, the name of the street where it takes place, is named after Saint Sebastian, one of the early saints in the Catholic church.

The modern version of the Fiestas started in the mid 1970s. Its inaugural event is the parade of the Cabezudos, (means big head) a group of people in disguise with oversized papier-mache heads representing various historic and folk characters who march down San Sebastián Street and down to the San Juan Cathedral.

The view upon entering the Cuartel de Ballaj?, once barracks for Spanish soldiers during colonial times, it now houses the artesanos and their creations during the Fiestas.Mariela Santos

During the day, the events are more family-oriented and include an arts and craft fair, live music, conferences, workshops and activities for kids and other similar activities. During the evening a young adult crowd is usually the norm. The party officially lasts until midnight and centers around live music and dancing, both traditional and contemporary, with many local artists playing on the different stages set around the Old City.”

Music is an important part of the Fiestas that continues to play an important role, giving audiences the chance to listen to different genres that have formed part of the Puerto Rican musical canon such as: salsa, traditional Christmas music, reggaeton, and plena.

This year’s performances included sets by salsa musicians Víctor Manuelle and Andy Montañez and plena from groups Plenéalo, Los Pleneros de la 23 Abajo, and a tribute to salsa legend Ismael Rivera.

One of the cultural staples of the Fiestas that has been present throughout its history is the artesanía available for visitors to admire and buy during the festivities.

Puerto Rican artisan Jose A. Orta Rivera demonstrates the beginning of his process to make a cedar saint on the left, and the finished product (one of the Three Wise Men) on the right. Arts and crafts is a big part of the Festival de San Sebastian in Old San Juan, P.R.Mariela Santos

Edwin Báez Carrasquillo, renowned Puerto Rican artesano (craftsman) and resident artist at the Universidad del Turabo, defined artesanía as an object or artifact made by hand that serves a function or necessity, including but not limited to decorative, spiritual, or educational functions.

In its purest form, artesanía is traditionally made out of noble material like wood or clay, must be transformed by the artesano and made his or her own, always carrying cultural significance.

Themes that Báez Carrasquillo is often inspired by and explores in his work are Puerto Rican literature, history and everyday life. In order to learn more about artesanía, Báez Carrasquillo assures that there is no better way than to speak with artesanos in order to understand how they create their pieces, the intentions behind their work and the connection they have to it.

For artesano José A. Orta Rivera, who was showing his pieces at this year’s Fiestas, creating saints out of wood runs in the family. Having learned from his parents, it’s one of the most traditional forms of Puerto Rican artesanía, and he’s been practicing it for 50 years.

Made out of cedar, the process of creating the saints from beginning to end takes about 3 days. Orta Rivera, who divides his time between Lakeland, Florida, and Puerto Rico, has the distinction of having shown his work throughout the state of Florida as well. For more information about his pieces, visitors can stop by his workshop in Ponce, Puerto Rico, at Calle Lorencita Ferré.

The Puerto Rican Diaspora Brings «Sanse» to Florida

Currently more Puerto Ricans live on the US mainland than on the island, and the island population is expected to continue to shrink. A Pew Research Center analysis reported that in 2013, 5.1 million Puerto Ricans lived on the US mainland, in comparison with 3.5 million on the island. As early as 2005, the population on the island had begun to decline which was then exacerbated by Puerto Rico’s recession that began in 2006, and that continues to this day.

#atencionatencion #sanseorlando #puertorico #clasificadosorlando pic.twitter.com/5wfwqK1Nl1

— Sanse Takes Orlando (@sanseorlando) January 15, 2017

The unprecedented immigration to Florida in particular, has begun to change the cultural landscape of the Sunshine State.

It is no surprise then that as the Puerto Rican diaspora in Florida continues to grow in record numbers, residents have expanded the reach of the original Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastián by creating similar events in the state.

Puerto Ricans have predominantly settled in large metro areas, especially in Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford. As a result, ‘Sanse Takes Orlando’, («Sanse» is short for San Sebastián), which celebrated its fourth, annual event the weekend of the 14th, has become a popular attraction for many Puerto Ricans and others in the area.

Similar to the original Fiestas, the event in Orlando included artesanía and Puerto Rican food and music from artists like Andrés Jiménez and Plenéalo, among others. As the Puerto Rican newspaper «El Nuevo Día» reported, the 2017 two-day edition broke attendance records on the first day with approximately 27,000 visitors. Honorees of this year’s event were comedian Raymond Arrieta and television host Carmen Dominicci.

For Puerto Ricans, the long and extended holiday season is among the most cherished of traditions. It’s no surprise that it has extended beyond the island borders as «boricuas» continue their customs, whether it be in Old San Juan or Orlando, Florida.

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Holiday calendar in Spain

January
January 1 — New Year (Nochevieja) — don’t forget to prepare 12 grapes and, making a wish, have time to eat them under the beat of the country’s main clock on Puertadel Sol Square located in the center of Madrid. This is the national tradition.

January 6 — Feast of the Magi (ReyesMagnos) — or the feast of the Three Kings. This is the most anticipated holiday for children. It is on this day that they receive their New Year’s gifts. The holiday has a biblical origin. nine0006

January 20 — Holiday in the city of Palma de Mallorca (Palmade Mallorca) in honor of the patron saint of the city of San Sebastian (San Sebastian). Various festive events are held throughout the week.

January 20 — Holiday in the cities of Huesca (Huesca) and Valencia (Valencia) — celebration in honor of the patron saint of the city of San Vicente Martir (San Vicente Martir) in Valencia (Valencia) and the patron saint of San Vicente (San Vicente) in the city of Huesca (Huesca)

January 28 — Feast in the city of Cuenca (Cuenca) — celebration in honor of the patron saint of the city of St. Julian (San Julian)

January 29th — Celebration in the city of Zaragoza (Zaragoza) — celebration in honor of the patron saint of the city of San Valero (SanValero)

February
February 2 — Celebration in the city of Palencia (Palencia) — celebration in honor of the patroness of the city of La Virgende la Calle ( LaVirgendelaCalle)

February 2 — Holiday in the autonomous region of Andalusia (DiadeAndalucia) — the day of the proclamation of autonomy in 1980 is celebrated.

End of February — beginning of March — Carnivals in various cities of Spain. The exact dates of the carnivals change every year depending on the date of the celebration of Easter. The most interesting for tourists are carnivals in the cities of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria), Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Santa Cruz de Tenerife), Cadiz (Cadiz), Murcia (Murcia). nine0005 The bull carnival in the town of Ciudad Rodrigo in the province of Salamanca deserves special attention. No, don’t think that bulls are dressed up in colorful costumes. This holiday is similar to a bullfight, but with the difference that anyone can meet nose to nose with a bull.

March
March 1 — Holiday in the Balearic Islands (DiadelasIslasBaleares) — the Balearic Islands receive Autonomy.
March (specific dates change annually depending on the date of Easter) — Feast in the city of Castellón Fiesta de la Magdalena (FiestasdelaMagdalenaen CastellondelaPlana) — The holiday is celebrated starting from the third Saturday of Great Lent, and continues on 9days. This holiday is a big event on the entire Mediterranean coast and originates in 1251, in which the city of Castellón was founded. During 9 days, various processions and events related to the history, culture and religion of this city take place. The most significant and final act of the celebration is the laying of flowers to the patroness of the city of Virgen de Lledo (VirgendelLledo).

March 15 — 19 — Fallas / San José in Valencia (Fallas de Valencia) — one of the grandest holidays in Spain. This holiday is so deeply rooted in history that no one can say for sure who, when and why they began to burn wooden flammable sculptures on the streets of Valencia, infecting many other cities in the province with this rather expensive tradition. It is assumed that the holiday has its beginning with the burning of the remains of wood from metalwork workshops. For several days, the city center turns into a huge exhibition of bizarre sculptures, the makers of which (the masters of the faliera) compete in the originality of the plots. In the very center of the city, the largest sculpture is located, which is burned last. After the burning of the main sculpture, in the evening comes the time for an unforgettable fireworks show and a unique pyrotechnic performance. Thousands of firecrackers bursting, cover all those present with heavy sound waves that shake the whole body. Throughout the festival, various entertainment performances, fire processions and musical processions are held in the city. nine0006

April
Beginning — end of April — Holy Week (SemanaSanta) — In Spain, this holiday is one of the most important of the year. The start date of this holiday varies from year to year in accordance with the lunar calendar. The holiday takes place in accordance with the biblical stories about the last days of the life of Jesus Christ. Three main stages of the holiday: Maundy Thursday (Jueves Santo) — the Last Supper and the conception of the communion vow are remembered. Good Friday (Viernes Santo) — the death of Christ is remembered. Great Saturday (Sabado Santo) — the moment of the arrival of the body of Christ in the crypt is remembered. Easter Sunday or Easter (ElDomingodePascua) is the final stage of celebrations, the Resurrection of Christ. Throughout the week, various celebrations, religious processions and orchestral performances are held throughout the country. The Autonomous District of Andalucia is especially distinguished in the organization and holding of this great holiday for many Spaniards. nine0006

April 23 — Feast of Saint George in Catalonia (DiadeSantJordienCatalunya) and International Book Day (DiaInternacionaldelLibro) — These days the popular book fair takes place in Madrid.

End of April — Fair in Seville (LaFeriadeAbrildeSevilla) — A smartly designed, incredibly popular fair among the Spaniards themselves, which is essentially a huge mobile entertainment center where everyone can eat, have fun with musical performances, exchange news … A typical feature of the festivity are bright women’s dresses in « polka dots”, before which a rare tourist can resist without buying it. nine0006

April 21-24 — Feast of the Moors and Christians in Alcoy (Moros y Cristianosde Alcoy) — marks a military clash between the Moors (Arabs) and Christians during the Reconquista.

May
May 1 — Labor Day (DiadelTrabajador)

May 2 — Holiday in the autonomous community of Madrid (Madrid) and the city of Avila (Avila) — a day off dedicated to the events of May 2, 1808. On this day, a popular uprising against the Napoleonic occupation arose.

May 3 — Holiday in the cities of Ourense (Orense) and Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Santa Cruz de Tenerife) — In the city of Ourense, the beginning of spring is celebrated and in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the day of the founding of the city. In Ourense, quite original processions and festivities take place, the holiday is listed as one of the most original holidays in the Galicia region.

May 4 — Holiday in the city of Alicante (Alicante) — Fiesta de las Cruces (Fiestadelas Cruces). Some believe that the holiday is related to the finding of St. Helena of the cross on which Christ was crucified, but officially it is believed that the holiday has a connection with one of the Roman emperors, who defeated the barbarians thanks to his vision associated with the cross. After that, the emperor converted to Christianity. nine0006

May 6 — 17 — Córdoba: Patio Festival (FestivaldelosPatiosCordobeses) — These days the people of Córdoba compete to decorate their indoor patios, typically Mediterranean, light and cozy, filled with potted flowers.

May 10 — Jerez de la Frontera (Andalusia) Horse Show (JerezdelaFrontera — FeriadelCaballo) — One of the oldest horse shows in Spain.

May 11 — Feast in the city of Lleida (Lleida) — a celebration in honor of the patron saint of the city, St. Anastasi (SantAnastasi)

May 13 — Feast in the city of Valladolid (Valladolid) — a feast in honor of the patron saint of the city of San Pedro Regalado (SanPedro Regalado)

May 15 — Feast in the city of Madrid (Madrid) — a feast in honor of St. Isidro (SanIsidro). According to tradition, on this day people gather in San Isidro Park and have a kind of picnic.

May 30 — Holiday in the Canary Islands (Islas Canarias) and in the cities of Caceres (Caceres) and Seville (Sevilla). The Canary Islands celebrate their autonomy on this day, and Cáceres and Seville celebrate the memory of Saint Isidro (SanIsidro)
May 31 — Holiday in the Autonomous Community of Castile-La Mancha (CastillalaMancha) — The region celebrates its autonomy.

June
June 9 — Holiday in the autonomous communities of Murcia (Murcia) and La Rioja (LaRioja) — The districts celebrate their autonomy.

June 20 — 24 — Alicante (Alicante): Night of the fires of St. John (Hogueras de San Juan) — A very popular youth festival. The beginning of summer is celebrated and bonfires are kindled on the beach, through which the most courageous young people jump, which, according to legend, symbolizes purification. nine0006

June (sixth week after Easter) — Feast of Corpus Christi in the cities of Granada, Sevilla and Toledo.

June 29 — Holiday in the cities of Burgos (Burgos), Castellon (Castellon), Segovia (Segovia), Soria (Soria) and Zamora (Samora) — Celebrations in honor of St. Peter (SanPedro). Particularly significant in the city of Burgos, where various entertainment events are held, as well as a city fair.

July
July 6 — 14 — San Fermin Festival in Pamplona — One of the most famous Spanish holidays, of course, is this one. San Fermin has a very long history, but this holiday has gained general fame relatively recently. The celebrations are held in honor of Saint Fermin and begin on July 6 at noon with the launch of firecrackers from the balcony of Pamplona City Hall. From this moment, various celebrations, processions and entertainment events officially begin. One of the most famous moments of the holiday is «enciero» (encierro) — the release of bulls that run through the crowd 849meters to the amphitheater, where the participants of the race continue to risk their lives with bulls.

July 25 — Feast of the Apostle James (Santiago) and Day of Galicia in Santiago de Campostela (Santiagode Compostela) — the biggest holiday in Galicia, as two holidays coincide on the same day. On this day, the city hall organizes various events, entertainment performances and, at the end, an unforgettable fireworks display.

July 28 — Holiday in the autonomous region of Cantabria (Cantabria) — the day of celebration of the autonomy of the region. nine0006

July 31 — Holiday in the cities of Bilbao (Bilbao) and San Sebastian (San Sebastian) — holidays in honor of St. Ignacio (San Ignacio)

August
August 5 — Arriondas (Arriondas) Asturias (Asturias) — On this day a lot of people descends the river Sella in a canoe (Idean single boat).

August 15 — Virgende la Paloma in Madrid (Virgendela Palomade Madrid) and El Misterio de Elche in Elche (El Misteriode Elche or Misterid’Elx) — in Madrid, Virgen de Paloma is considered one of the patron saints of the city and it is to her that the festival is dedicated on this day. El Mysterio de Elche is a religious production — a drama that tells about the death, assumption and coronation of the Virgin Mary. The drama consists of two acts and is presented every year at the Church of Santa Maria in Elche. nine0006

Last Wednesday of August — La Tomatina in Bunol (La Tomatinaen Bunol) — a truly unique holiday. On this day, crowds of people gather on one of the narrow streets of the city, and more than 100 tons of tomatoes fall apart. Then real military clashes begin with the use of a unique weapon in its anti-stress characteristics — tomatoes. Rivers of tomato, tons of tomato paste and an exhausted conquered crowd — this is the end of this crazy one-day holiday in the city of Bunol (Valencia)

August 30 — Santander City Festival — throughout the week various events and entertainment performances are held.

September
September 8 — in the autonomous regions of Asturias (Asturias), Extremadura (Extremadura), in the cities: Albacete (Albacete), Cordoba (Cordoba), Guadalajara (Guadalajara), Huelva (Huelva), Malaga (Malaga), Las Palmas (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria), Salamanca (Salamanca) and Valladolid (Valladolid) are held romeria (romeria — procession of a religious nature), feria (feria — fair, market and outdoor entertainment) and other events related to religion and culture. nine0006

September 9 — Sueca Valencia — Rice Festival. Sueca is a city with a long tradition of rice cultivation.

September 11 — Holiday in the autonomous region of Catalonia (Cataluna) — the recapture of Barcelona from the French troops in 1714 is celebrated.

September 15 — Holiday in the autonomous region of Cantabria (Cantabria) — a holiday in honor of Virhende la Bien Aparecida.

September 20-26 — Logrono La Rioja — Grape harvest festival. The main wine festival in Spain. The La Rioja region is one of the largest wine producers in Spain. nine0006

September 21 — Feast in the cities of Logrono (Logrono) and Oviedo (Oviedo) — feast in honor of Saint Mateo (SanMateo)

September 23 — Feast in the city of Tarragona (Tarragona) — the main holiday of the city in honor of the patron saint of the city of Santa Tecla ( Santa Tecla).

September 24 — Barcelona (Barcelona) — feast in honor of the patron saint of the city of Our Lady Merced

October
October 2 — Feast in the city of Soria — feast in honor of Saint Saturio (San Saturio). nine0006

October 5th — Feast in the cities of Leon (Leon) and Lugo (Lugo) — feast in honor of San Froilan (SanFroilan)

October 7th — Feast in the cities of Cadiz (Cadiz) and A Coruna (A Coruna) — celebrations in honor of the Virhendel Rosario .

October 6 — 14 — Zaragoza Fiestas del Pilar is one of the most lavish celebrations in the region. These days the city is visited by a huge number of tourists.

October 7 — 15 — El Grove (Pontevedra) Feast of seafood (LaFiestadel Marisco) — after the announcement of this holiday at 19For 63 years as a National Tourist Treasure, this small town breaks its own attendance records every year. On this day, you will be able to taste all kinds of seafood and relax from the heart.

October 9 — Holiday in the autonomous community of Valencia (Valencia) — a holiday of autonomy and the region as a whole, since Valencia until 1304 was a separate kingdom.

October 12 — Day of the Spanish Nation (Diadela Hispanidad) — the discovery of America by Spain and the birth of the Spanish Empire is celebrated. Especially colorfully celebrated in Zaragoza (Zaragoza), where it coincides with the day of the patroness of the city of St. Virgin del Pilar. nine0006

October 15 — Dos Hermanas Seville (Sevilla) — Feria (folk festival) and Romeria (religious procession) in honor of St. Valme (Romeriade Valme) Luke (SanLucas).

October 24 — Feast in the city of Cordoba (Cordoba) — a holiday in honor of the patron saint of the city Archangel Raphael (ElArcangelSanRafael) , put them in order and decorate with flowers. nine0006

November 9 — Feast in the city of Madrid (Madrid) — feast in honor of the patron saint of the city of Almudena (Virgendela Almudena)

November 29 — Feast in the city of Pamplona (Pamplona) — feast in honor of the patron saint of the city of Saturnino (SanSaturnino)

December
December 6 — Spanish Constitution Day (ElDiadela Constitucion)

December 25 — Christmas (Navidad) — the holiday has religious roots and symbolizes the birth of Jesus Christ. This is one of the main holidays in Spain. Many shops, public institutions and Spaniards install “henbanes” (compositions on the biblical story of the birth of Christ) in their homes. On this day, it is customary to give both gifts and just human warmth. Unlike the New Year (NocheVieja), Christmas is a family holiday. In the evening, the whole family sits down at the table and has dinner, celebrating this spiritually special day. nine0006

Guide to Spain — Holidays

Holidays in Spain

Holidays in Spain
it’s not just individual events, it’s a lifestyle.
Perhaps Spain is in first place among all European countries in terms of the number and duration of days off associated with holidays.
Due to the rather high religiosity of the population, holidays of a religious nature are of particular relevance. Besides,
there are holidays, the origin of which is still disputed, such as
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Las Fallas
Valencia. Large sums of money are spent on the construction of huge flammable figures and at the end of the celebrations they are burned,
turning the city center into a blazing torch.
At the end of the action, a huge number of firecrackers and pyrotechnics are ignited so much that, being in a safe proximity to the epicenter of events, sound waves from the explosion of firecrackers penetrate deep into the body creating a unique sensation of something grandiose and unknown, and colorful fireworks leave an indelible impression.
Joy and delight simply overwhelm the heart at this moment. A truly unforgettable feast of the soul.
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We strongly recommend that before planning your arrival in Spain, check your plans with the Holiday Calendar so as not to get into trouble, given that on holidays all official institutions, banks, shops and often even supermarkets are closed.

Holiday calendar in Spain

January

1 New Year (Noche Vieja) — do not forget to prepare 12 grapes and make a wish to have time to eat them under the main clock of the country on the Plaza del Sol (Plaza del Sol) located in the center of Madrid. This is the national tradition.
nine0005 6 Feast of the Magi (Reyes Magnos) — or the feast of the Three Kings. This is the most anticipated holiday for children on this day they receive their New Year’s gifts. The holiday has a biblical origin.

20 Celebration in the city of Palma de Mallorca in honor of the patron saint of the city of San Sebastian. Various festive events are held throughout the week.

22 Celebration in the cities of Huesca and Valencia — celebration in honor of the patron saint of the city of San Vicente Martir in Valencia and the patron saint of San Vicente in the city of Huesca
nine0005 28 Celebration in the city of Cuenca — celebration in honor of the patron saint of the city of San Julian

29 Celebration in Zaragoza city — celebration in honor of the patron saint of the city of San Valero

February


2 Celebration in the city of Palencia (Palencia) — celebration in honor of the patroness of the city La Virgen de la Calle (La Virgen de la Calle)

9 Carnival on Gran Canarias (Carnaval de Gran Canarias) — a rich program and good weather guaranteed!
nine0005 19-25 Carnival in Santona (Cantabria (Carnaval en Cantabria)) — various festive events are held in the city all week long.

22 Carnival in Cadiz (Carnaval en Cadiz) — an amazing city on the Atlantic west coast of Spain offers its own version of the Carnival.

21, 23, 27 and 28 Carnival in Tenerife ( Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Carnaval en Santa Cruz de Tenerife) — one of the most colorful versions of the carnival — attendance is a must! For more information about this grand event, you can get on the official website www. carnavaltenerife.es
nine0005 22 — 28 Carnival in Solsona (Carnaval en Lleida) — a small town in the east of the country offers its own version of the carnival.

22-27 Carnival in Murcia (Carnaval en Murcia) — most Murcia cities will offer you their own version of this holiday.

23-27 Salamanca National Day. Bull Carnival (Carnaval del Toro) — no, do not think that bulls are dressed in colorful costumes, this holiday is a kind of bullfighting, but with that difference, anyone can meet nose to nose with a bull.
nine0005 28 Celebration in the Autonomous Region of Andalusia (Dia de Andalucia) — the day of the proclamation of autonomy in 1980 is celebrated.

March


1 Celebration in the Balearic Islands (Dia de las Islas Baleares) — celebrating the acquisition of autonomy by the Balearic Islands.

15-19 Fallas / San José in Valencia (Fallas de Valencia) is one of the grandest celebrations in Spain. This holiday has such deep roots in history that no one can say for sure who, when and why began to burn wooden flammable sculptures, infecting many other cities in the province with this rather expensive tradition on the streets of Valencia. It is assumed that the holiday has its beginning with the burning of the remains of wood from metalwork workshops. Over the course of several days, the city center turns into a huge exhibition of bizarre sculptures by manufacturers, which (the masters of the faliera) compete in the originality of the plots. In the very center of the city, the largest sculpture is located, which is burned last. After the burning of the main sculpture, in the evening comes the time for an unforgettable fireworks show and a unique pyrotechnic performance. Thousands of firecrackers bursting, cover all those present with heavy sound waves, shaking the whole body and relieving any stress. Throughout the festival, various entertainment performances, fire processions and musical processions are held in the city.
nine0005 10 Feast in the city of Castellon Fiesta de la Magdalena (Fiestas de la Magdalena en Castellon de la Plana) — The holiday is celebrated starting from the third Saturday of Great Lent and lasts 9 days. This holiday is a big event on the entire Mediterranean coast and originates in 1251, in which the city of Castellón was founded. During 9 days, various processions and events related to the history, culture and religion of this city take place. The most significant and final act of the celebration is the laying of flowers to the patroness of the city of Virgen de Leido (Virgen del Lledo). nine0006

April


5 Holy Week (Semana Santa) — In Spain, this holiday is one of the most important of the year. The start date of this holiday varies from year to year in accordance with the lunar calendar. The holiday takes place in accordance with the biblical stories about the last days of the life of Jesus Christ. Three main stages of the holiday: Maundy Thursday (Jueves Santo) — the Last Supper and the conception of the sacrament vow are remembered. Good Friday (Viernes Santo) commemorates the death of Christ. Great Saturday (Sabado Santo) — the moment of the arrival of the body of Christ in the crypt is remembered. Easter Sunday or Easter (El Domingo de Pascua) is the final stage of celebrations, the Resurrection of Christ. Throughout the week, various celebrations, religious processions and orchestral performances are held throughout the country. The Autonomous Region of Andalucia is especially distinguished in the organization and holding of this great holiday for many Spaniards.

nine0005 23 Feast of Saint Jorge in Catalonia (Dia de San Jorge en Catalonia) and International Book Day (Dia Internacional del Libro) — These days the popular book fair takes place in Madrid.

27 Fair in Seville (La Feria de Abril de Sevilla) — A chicly designed, incredibly popular and among the Spaniards themselves, the fair is essentially a huge mobile entertainment center where everyone can eat, have fun with musical performances, buy various goods, exchange news . .. Typical a feature of the festivity are bright women’s dresses with polka dots, in front of which a rare tourist can get tired without buying it.
nine0005 21-24 Feast of the Moors and Christians in Alcoy (Moros y Cristianos de Alcoy) — marks a military clash between the Moors (Arabs) and Christians during the Reconquista. During the holiday, carnival processions of soldiers of that era take place, loudly ringing with weapons and firing blanks from copies of firearms of the era.

May

Labor Day 1 (Dia del Trabajador)

2 Holiday in the autonomous community of Madrid (Madrid) and the city of Avila (Avila) — a day off dedicated to the events of May 2, 1808. On this day, a popular uprising against the Napoleonic occupation arose.
nine0005 3 Celebration in the cities of Ourense (Orense) and Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Santa Cruz de Tenerife) — In the city of Ourense, the beginning of spring is celebrated and in Tenerife, the day of the founding of the city. In Ourense, quite original processions and festivities take place, the holiday is listed as one of the most original holidays in the Galicia region.

6 — 17 Cordoba: Courtyard Festival (Festival de los Patios Cordobeses) — These days the people of Cordoba compete to decorate their indoor, typically Mediterranean, bright and cozy courtyards filled with potted flowers.
nine0005 4 Celebration in the city of Alicante — Fiesta de las Cruces. Some believe that the holiday is related to the finding of St. Helena of the cross on which Christ was crucified, but officially it is believed that the holiday has a connection with one of the Roman emperors, who defeated the barbarians thanks to his vision associated with the cross. After that, the emperor converted to Christianity.

11 Celebration in Lleida — a celebration in honor of the city’s patron saint, Sant Anastasi
nine0005 10 Jerez de la Frontera (Andalusia) Horse Show (Jerez de la Frontera — Feria del Caballo) — One of the oldest horse shows in Spain.

13 Celebration in Valladolid — celebration in honor of the city’s patron saint, San Pedro Regalado

15 Celebration in the city of Madrid (Madrid) — a celebration in honor of Saint Isidro (San Isidro). According to tradition, on this day people gather in San Isidro Park and have a kind of picnic.

30 Celebration in the Canary Islands (Islas Canarias) and in the cities of Caceres (Caceres) and Seville (Sevilla) — the Canary Islands celebrate their autonomy on this day and Caceres and Seville celebrate the memory of Saint Isidro (San Isidro)
nine0005 31 Celebration in the Autonomous Community of Castilla la Mancha — The region celebrates its autonomy.

June


9 Celebration in the Autonomous Communities of Murcia and La Rioja — The counties celebrate their autonomy.

20 — 24 Alicante: Campfire Night of San Juan (Hogueras de San Juan) — A very popular youth festival. The beginning of summer is celebrated and bonfires are kindled on the beach, through which the most daring young people jump, which, according to the legend, symbolizes purification.
nine0005 22 Corpus Christi in the cities of Granada, Sevilla and Toledo

29 Celebration in Burgos, Castellon, Segovia, Soria and Samora — Celebrations in honor of San Pedro. Particularly significant in the city of Burgos, where various entertainment events are organized, and the city Feria is also unfolding.

July


6 — 14 San Fermin Festival in Pamplona — One of the most famous Spanish holidays is undoubtedly this one. San Fermin has a very long history, but this holiday has gained general fame relatively recently. The celebrations are held in honor of Saint Fermin and begin on July 6 at noon with the launch of firecrackers from the balcony of Pamplona City Hall. From this moment, various celebrations, processions and entertainment events officially begin. One of the most famous moments of the holiday is «inciero» (encierro) — the release of bulls that run through the crowd 849meters then the amphitheater where the participants of the race continue to risk their lives with bulls.

25 Feast of the Apostle of Santiago and Galicia Day in Santiago de Compostela – The biggest feast in Galicia, as two feasts coincide on the same day. On this day, the city hall organizes various events, entertainment performances and, at the end, an unforgettable fireworks display.

28 Celebration in the autonomous region of Cantabria (Cantabria) — the day of celebration of the autonomy of the region.
nine0005 31 Celebration in the cities of Bilbao and San Sebastian — celebrations in honor of San Ignacio

August


5 Arriendas Asturias — On this day, many people go down the river Sella in a canoe (Idea single boat)

15 Virgen de Paloma in Madrid and El Misterio de Elche in Elche (El Misterio de Elche or Misteri d’Elx) — in Madrid, Virgen de Paloma is considered one of the patron saints of the city and it is she who is dedicated to the festival in this day. El Mysterio de Elche is a religious production — a drama that tells about the death, assumption and coronation of the Virgin Mary. The drama consists of two acts and is presented every year at the Church of Santa Maria in Elche.
nine0005 25 Celebration in the city of Bilbao — celebrations in honor of San Ignacio

25 La Tomatina en Bunol is a truly unique celebration. On this day, crowds of people gather on one of the narrow streets of the city, and more than 100 tons of tomatoes fall apart. Then real military clashes begin with the use of a weapon unique in its anti-stress characteristics — tomatoes. Rivers of tomato, tons of tomato paste and an exhausted, conquered crowd — this is the end of this crazy one-day holiday in the city of Bunyol (Valencia)
nine0005 30 Celebration in the city of Santander (Santander) — throughout the week, various events and entertainment performances are held.

September


8 Holiday in the autonomous regions of Asturias (Asturia), Extremadura (Extremadura), in the cities: Albacete (Albacete), Cordoba (Cordoba), Guadalajara (Guadalajara), Huelva (Huelva), Malaga (Malaga), Las Palmas (Las Palmas de Gran Canarias), Salamanca (Salamanca) and Valladolid (Valladolid) are held romeria (romeria — procession of a religious nature), feria (feria — exhibition, market and outdoor entertainment) and other events related to religion and culture.
nine0005 9 Sueca Valencia — Rice Festival. Sueka is a city with a long tradition of rice cultivation.

11 Celebration in the autonomous region of Catalonia (Cataluna) — the recapture of Barcelona from the French troops in 1714 is celebrated.

15 Celebration in the autonomous region of Cantabria (Cantabria) — a celebration in honor of the Virgen de la Bien Aparecida.

20 — 26 Logrono La Rioja — Grape harvest festival. The main wine festival in Spain. The La Rioja region is one of the largest Whiga producers in Spain.
nine0005 21 Feast in Logrono and Oviedo — Feast of San Mateo

23 Celebration in the city of Tarragona — the main festival of the city in honor of the patron saint of the city, Santa Tecla.

24 Barcelona (Barcelona) — feast in honor of the patron saint of the city of Our Lady of Merced

October


2 Celebration in the city of Soria — a celebration in honor of San Saturio.

5 Celebration in the cities of Leon (Leon) and Lugo (Lugo) — a holiday in honor of San Froilan (San Froilan)
nine0005 7 Celebration in the cities of Cadiz and A Coruna — celebrations in honor of the Virgen del Rosario.

6-14 Zaragoza Fiestas del Pilar is one of the most luxurious festivities in the region. These days the city is visited by a huge number of tourists.

7 — 15 El Grove (Pontevedra) Seafood Fiesta (La Fiesta del Marisco) — Since the announcement of this holiday in 1963 as a national tourist attraction, this small town has been breaking its own attendance records every year. On this day, you will be able to taste all kinds of seafood and relax from the heart.
nine0005 9 Holiday in the autonomous community (Dia de la Comunidad Valenciana) Valencia (Valencia) is a holiday of autonomy and the region as a whole, since Valencia was a separate kingdom until 1304.

12 Day of the Spanish Nation (Dia de la Hispanidad) — Celebrates the discovery of America by Spain and the birth of the Spanish Empire.

15 Dos Hermanas Sevilla — Feria (folk festival) and Romeria (religious procession) in honor of Saint Valme (Romeria de Valme)

18 Celebration in the city of Jaen — a celebration in honor of San Lucos.
nine0005 24 Feast in the city of Cordoba (Cordoba) — a feast in honor of the patron saint of the city, Archangel Raphael (El Arcangel San Rafael)

November


1 All Saints Day (Dia de todos los Santos) — this day is dedicated to the memory of all the dead and it is customary to visit the graves, putting them in order and decorating with flowers.

9 Celebration in the city of Madrid (Madrid) — a celebration in honor of the patron saint of the city of Almudena (Virgen de la Almudena)

29 Celebration in the city of Pamplona — celebration in honor of the patron saint of the city of San Saturnio

December


6 Spanish Constitution Day (El Dia de la Constitucion)

13 Santa Lucia Gran Canarias — Feast of Saint Lucia

25 Christmas (Navidad) — the holiday has religious roots and symbolizes the birth of Jesus Christ. This is one of the main holidays in Spain. Many shops, public institutions and Spaniards collect the biblical story of the birth of Christ in their homes.

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