Spanish people promote themselves all over the world as the biggest festival lovers. Their great desire to celebrate life is incomparable to any other culture. In this article, we will tell you about 3 most beautiful, colorful and wild festivals in Spain.
San Fermin. Probably the most popular festival in Europe San Fermin is a great gathering of people who come to the city of Pamplona to run from the bulls and a whole lot more. Each year the city is booked with visitors from all over the world, wearing white shorts and red bandanas that stand as a reminder of the patron’s (San Fermin) murder. This day is a powerful religion holiday for those who entered the church of San Fermin and a great celebration for those on the streets. The celebration goes on the entire night, with live music, dancing and drinking. Early in the morning all shop windows are bordered, people gather on the balconies to watch the most thrilling adventure – running from the bulls. While some finish their all-night drinking, runners are begging their training. The runners, also known as “mozos” start running at 8 o’clock in the morning after the first rocket is fired. The second rocket means that the bulls were set free. The entire process takes about 5 minutes, mozos say that it is one of the most thrilling adventures, when they feel the breath of the bull on the back of their legs. This festival is extremely dangerous, over the last 50 years 15 mozos were killed. San Fermin ends up with a great bullfight at the main arena of the city where matador shows his exquisite skills. Some people see this celebration as cruel form of animal abuse but Spaniards hold their tradition.
Semana Santa. This beautiful religious festival is celebrated each year in a period of the 22nd of March to the 24th of April. Semana Santa or the Holy Week is a so-called attribute to Jesus and his mother Saint Marry. Each year hundreds of people, called “costaleros” walk the streets of Seville, dressed in white robes with their face covered. This costaleros are caring enormous statues of Virgin Marry and Jesus on their solders. In fact, they practice so much that one can think that the statues move along the music without additional help. The walk continues for 14 hours in order to show the struggle and the pain of Jesus. This truly beautiful procession cannot but leave you with a sense of inspiration. With melodic music and drums playing it is hard not to get the chills.
La Tomatina. This festival is loud and fun. Hosted in a little town called Bunol, it gathers thousands of people from all over the world to enjoy the crazy joy of throwing tomatoes at each other. It has taken place in this small town since 1944. The best way to geth there is to take a train from the third largest city in Spain Valencia. The celebration is truly enormous. Each year on the last day of August the city is literally booked with people. At 11 o’clock in the morning the crowd gets wild with a tone of tomatoes and water thrown at them at one time. Each and every person is painted red during the celebration; everybody drinks beer and sangria and has a lot of fun.
P. Green is an author of “Top Festivals in Spain”. Right now she works as a research paper writer at college-writers.com