Top 10 Famous Festivals in Spain

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Spain is the country of festivals, Bulls and the realm of the magnificent palaces. Spain’s festivals are well known for colorful displays, exciting parades, music and dance. Among them, there is unlikely to forget famous festivals like La Tomatina Festival, San Fermin Festival, Carnival Festival, Semana Santa and so on. Let's take some minutes to know more about Colorful Festivals in Spain - the home of bulls.

 

La Tomatina Festival

This festival annually takes place in a small Spanish town called Buñol in Valencia on the fourth Wednesday of August. The main highlight of La Tomatina is a daylong food fight, where participants fling tomatoes at each other. More than 30 thousand people visit Bunol every year to play with around 200 thousand pounds of tomatoes. The scene after the festival is a red filled up streets. People believe this is a ritual to pray for good harvests next year.


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La Tomatina – one of the most famous festivals in Spain where residents and tourists join in the tomato pelting


La Tomatina, Famous Festival in Spain

 

San Fermin Festival

With special and strange content, The San Fermin Festival, otherwise known as the Pamplona Bull Run, has been one of Spain's most popular tourist events ever. The event is celebrated in the first week of July and lasts for 7 days in Pamplona, Spain. Activities usually begin at 8 am in the morning and last until the evenings. The festival’s highlights include bullfights and bull running.


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San Fermin Festival one of Spain's most popular tourist events ever in Spain


Carnival Festival

Of all the crazy Spanish festivals that take place throughout the year, there is nothing wilder than the Carnival celebrations in late February. Carnival in Spain is celebrated nationwide but the most famous Carnival held in Tenerife and Cadiz. Moreover, it is necessary to mention the carnival festivities in the Chueca district (Madrid), the Sitges (near Barcelona), Ciudad Rodrigo (near Salamaca). In these main destinations during Carnival, it seems that no one sleeps as the drinking and dancing go from dusk until dawn. People will have an opportunity to see extravagant costumes and people in masks everywhere.


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Carnival Festival in Spain is the second biggest carnival festival in the world after Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Semana Santa

Semana Santa is a-week-long festival taking place before Easter Sunday with the main content which is local parishioners parade the Passion, from the Virgin Mary to Jesus through the streets. There are a lot of cities taking part in this festival; however, Seville and Granada may be the most well-known.

 

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 Semana Santa is celebrated with the main content that local parishioners parade the Passion, from the Virgin Mary to Jesus through the streets on Holy Week (9 - 16 April)


Las Fallas

Las Fallas celebration lasts during five days from the 14th of March to the 19th of March on Saint Joseph’s Day in Valencia.


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The fire blazing in the night is a symbol of Las Fallas


Feria de Sevilla

Held exactly two weeks after Semana Santa festivals, Feria Festival lasts during a week since 0:00 on Tuesday morning to 12 pm on Monday night of the next week in Sevilla city. This event is a combination of flamenco music, the dramatic bullfighting displays, or the exciting horse races, and the excellent flavor of sherry wines.


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This is regarded as the second Easter which is only celebrated in Sevilla


Tamborrada Festival in San Sebastian

Lasting during one day from midnight on 19 January, Tamborrada festival is held in San Sebastian city, Basque. This event is all mentioned as the noisiest festival of Spain. The drum teams parade and smaller drum groups will perform overnight through the streets of the city.


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 Tamborrada, the festival of Drums, is held in San Sebastian city, Basque, Spain on 19 January


Moros y Cristianos

Moros y Cristianos (Moors and Christians) is a peculiar celebration which is held in different cities along the Spanish coast. 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.


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Moros y Cristianos Festival in Spain


Semana Grande

Held on the third week of August in Basque, especially Bilbao city , Semana Festival is a general festival like the Sevilla Festival. The major attractions of Semana Grande festival are the appearance of a large number of concerts, all the genres of pop, rock, classical to jazz. Besides, the appearance of the giant papers and bamboo puppets, and the fireworks displays every night.


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Festival Semana Grande in Spanish means "great week"


Christmas and Tet Holiday

Christmas in Spain just like the Christian other nations, this is the moment for the family spending together, eating, visiting relatives and having fun.


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The familiar scene of Christmas and Tet Holiday in Spain


Related links:

La Tomatina: Tomato Festival in Spain

Festivals of Spain 

Guide to Festivals in Spain

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This article was published on 2011/06/14
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