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Popular and Traditional Festivities in Granada

Popular and Traditional Festivities in Granada Return

The vast majority of the fiestas in Granada are of a historic character, and are a mix or Christian, Muslim and Jewish traditions which have always been interlaced here. The fiestas are to be lively and fun, passed on from generation to generation.

The taking of Granada (Toma de Granada ). The 2nd of February was the day that the Catholics retook Granada in 1492. There are different themes organised, such as a religious function in the Capilla Real or the religious-civic procession with people dressed in the costumes of the era bearing the banner or the Catholic Kings.

Parade of the Catholic Kings (Cabalgata de los Reyes). The 5th of January the day before the day of the Kings, there is a parade which symbolises the arrival of the Three Kings played by personalities in Andaluz public life. This parade also has a selection of carriages, personalities and circus animals, among other things.

San Cecilio. The 1st of February commerates the martyrdom of the patron of the city with a romeria to the Sacromonte where a religious celebration takes place in the Abadía Then the catacombs and their environs are visited and the rest of the day passes with wine and traditional Granadino food being consumed.

Easter Weekend (Semana Santa). Easter Weekend in Granada is one of the major religious celebrations in Granada and attracts numerous visitors, adding to the local fervour. Beautiful processions charged with emotion parade in the streets where religion and tradition palpitate. The real character of Granada appears when the processions pass through areas such as Realejo, the Sacromonte, the Paseo de los Tristes or the Albaicín, and of course at the foot of the Alhambra. It is worth mentioning the Christ of the Misery or of the Gypsies, which parades on the night of Easter Wednesday and whose crowning moment it the ascent to the Abadía del Sacromonte between bonfires, whilst devotional songs are sung, and dancing takes place at the doors of the most famous caves of the Sacromonte. Also worth watching are the processions that take place on Easter Thursday in the historic and picturesque Albaicín, known locally as the Star, the Shell and the Dawn. The procession files past at the foot of the Alhambra in the early morning of Good Friday with all the street lights extinguished and the only sound that of the chains of the penitents.

Day of the Cross (Día de la Cruz). The 3rd of May is the Day of the Cross, when streets, squares, balconies and houses are garlanded with flowers. Crosses are set up also covered with flowers and with implements most typical of the area. There are parties outside in the streets where people dance the traditional Sevillanas and in the evening it is traditional to eat raw runner beans. Competitions are organised to judge the best decorated crosses and houses.

La Mariana. A civic fiesta to celebrate the Sunday closest to 26 May in memory of the Granadina heroine Mariana Pineda during which special events are organised in the square named for her.

Salida de la Hermandad del Rocío. On 29th of May a rocío mass is held in the Iglesia de San Pedro after which the pilgrims ride their horses of drive their cariages to the Virgen of the Sorrows to offer afloral tributes.

The fair of Corpus Christi (Feria del Corpus Christi). This is the biggest fiesta in Granada, and takes place on or close to the date of Corpus Christi, the day on which a popular religious procession of that name takes place. Altars are erected along the route. On the Wednesday the procession leaves La Publica, starring the great Tarasca accompanied by giants and giant heads behind which the youngsters follow. An abundance of cultural events take place, among the Festival of the Bulls, houses are decorated and other attractions are to be found.

Octava del Corpus. The week after the festival of Corpus Christi a small procession takes place from the Custodia and moves around the area of the Cathedral.

San Miguel. On 28 of September is the local fiesta of the Albaicin barrio considered to be one biggest events by the rest of the city. It takes the form of a romeria from the Ermita de San Miguel where a solemn mass is celebrated.

Virgin of the Sorrows (Virgen de las Angustias). Devoted to the Patroness of Granada who enjoys a great devotion from Granadinos. The month of September is dedicated to her and many acts of celebration take place in her honour, among them floral offerings in front of the Basilica on the 15th of September. A popular parade takes place in which the authorities take part followed by the brotherhoods and guilds to celebrate the last Sunday of the month.