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Popular Festivals Of Spain

The celebrations and festivals of Spain are full of life and color Although Spain is well known for its bullfights and flamenco, this country has dozens of national festivals and celebrations too. The majority of festivals in Spain are religious in origin, but the general spirit of Spanish festivals is fun and celebration.

Here are a few of the more important festivals of Spain:

Reyes Magos
Also known as the Epiphany in English, this Spanish festival is celebrated throughout Spain on January 6. This is a time of great excitement for children as gifts are exchanged. Floats, bands and dancers perform on the streets of the major towns and cities.

Pero Palo celebrations
Pero Palo , one of the well known carnivals in Spain is held in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, during the second week of February. Fancy-dress parades and musicians entertain everybody and the community gets to share old traditions and legends.

Semana Santa
Also called the Easter Holy Week, this is s one of the most important festivals in Spain. It is also most enjoyable as processions and concerts are held throughout the country.

Fiesta de Moros y Cristianos
Celebrated across Spain, this Spanish festival is an interesting show with battles, processions, speeches, plays and dances with noisy bands. It is also known as the Moors and Christians. Fireworks and the ringing of bells make this Spain festival even more interesting.

Festival of Hogueras de San Juan
Held in June in in Alicante this e pagan festival of Spain is celebrated by decorating the streets with branches and leaves. Straw effigies are burnt and pilgrimages are undertaken by people. The herb thyme is blessed and sanjuanera songs are sung.

Festival Internacional de Folklore en el Mediterraneo In September, the International Festival of Mediterranean Folklore is celebrated for three days. One can get to see the songs, traditions, dances, dresses besides experiencing the general folklore of many Mediterranean cultures. Enjoy this one of the important festivals of Spain while there.

Some other well known Spain festivals include - Fiestas de la Vendimia Riojana, also known as the La Rioja Wine Festival, Barcelona's festival of La Merce, the feast of El Pilar is held in Zaragoza, Aragon, Fiesta de San Fermin, Semana Grande. These Spain festivals are celebrated generally at fixed times of the year. So if you want to experience these important festivals of Spain, learn more about them before you go for your Spain vacation.

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