Spain has been a great favorite for travel and history buffs alike. It has a rich tapestry of cultures with wars and peace. This rich history has led to a permanent environment of festivals and celebrations in Spain. The Spaniards are hearty and happy people who love to make happy moments.
However, there are a few festivals that not be very happy or may end in some tragedies. We will discuss the most famous festivals in this country. But before that, if you are planning a trip to Spain do have a look at their National Holidays Calendar. Apart from the national holidays if you get to experience any of the festivals then your trip is totally lit!
La Tomatina Festival
The happiest and fun event globally known is the La Tomatina Festival. This festival dates back to 1945 and has a funny history of people actually fighting during a parade. This then became a festival that happens on the last Wednesday of every August in Bunol – a town in Valencia.
The rules are simple for this festival. You come to the town, try to reach up and get the ham that is hoisted at a greased pole. Everyone has an hour to do it. While the pole is greased heavily so that nobody can take the ham. This all happens until 11 am. After that, the trucks of ripe tomatoes are unloaded and thousands of fun-loving locals and tourists make sure to squash the tomato in their hands and then throw at everyone.
The only thing important is to make the tomato soft to not hurt anyone. The town is red all over literally!
The Bull Run has the highest recall with people when they talk of Spain. San Fermin though touted as dangerous and not very ethical still has hundreds of tourists coming in.
This festival is celebrated between the 6th and 14th of July. This goes on for a week and it begins from the Plaza Santo Domingo going through the streets of Pamplona and finally finishing in the bullring.
Spain has had a fair share of change of religious occasions and history. As it is a Roman Catholic country by a majority, this event is of significance to the Spaniards. The week before Easter the whole country has many processions and floats taken out and carried through the cities for the final destination. Live music adds more fun to the parade and procession.
This one is full of colors, art, and beauty that eventually is finished! This festival is slated in March in Valencia. The festival is said to have begun in 1784 to commemorate Saint Joseph.
The people create gorgeous paper mache figures imaginary as well as famous people’s ss figures. These paper sculptures are eye-dazzling and flaunted all around the city with music and festivity. A huge bonfire is lit on the last day. All of the and in it, most of these beautiful sculptures are burnt down.
The burning part is basically a pagan tradition that the people still follow as just the addition of colors and bonfire to the event.
The Wine Fight
Who says no to free booze all over the place? Nobody
On the Saint Peter’s Day, people in Rioja gather for this high energy event. The wine production of this area is exemplary. To top that off, locals and foreigners get to experience the fun by first following the tradition of a walk ending with a small mass.
Once the small ritual is over, the whole crowd gets ready with buckets, bottles or fistfuls of wine to throw at each other. This is some real merry making.
La Merce Festival
If someone is planning a trip to Barcelona better align their stay around this festival. This festival commemorates the Roman Catholic feast that falls around the fall season. There is music, dance, tall human towers of people in the city having fun, and major street processions.
Make your Barcelona trip memorable in September by seeing this musical festival.
April Fair – Seville
This festival falls in April and celebrated wholeheartedly in Seville. April fair is your treat,f you want to see everything that is truly Spanish in terms of costumes, love, and merrymaking. Following two weeks of Semana Santa, this celebration begins.
For a week this city embraces party life like there is no tomorrow. People wear Traditional clothes with families enjoying food and music and people walking on roads and in carriages like it was another era.
People from all over Europe come to experience this festival.