"Semana Santa" or Easter celebrates the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
It is lived with fervour and passion by the people in Spain, specially in the South.
Montilla is no exception.
Traditionally, 12 brotherhoods organize procession for the images of Jesus Christ, Virgin Mary or the saints in different moments of the life and death of Christ. Some of these images are extremely valuable antiques.
The "costaleros", men and sometimes women, bear the "pasos" or artistically worked platforms in wood where the images are set and ornated.
They are accompanied by the "nazarenos", penitents in colourful robes who hide their faces under the "capirote", their particular hat.
The most devote walk bare-footed or even whip themselves, but this is more and more seldom.
Processions are beautiful and striking, specially in the nighttime when they walk along some of the most charming spots of town. I you get lucky you will listen to someone singing a "saeta" a flamenco song to the Christ of Virgin Mary.
In Montilla there is even a whole Roman Legion that marches behind the captured Jesus. They manoeuver and play drums just like a real cohort.
Don´t miss the most attractive events in the Semana Santa in Montilla. The "Prendimiento", Holy Thursday afternoon in Plaza de la Rosa: The image of Jesus is "captured" by the marching cohort. Holy Friday in the morning, the images of Christ with the Cross and Our Lady of the Hope bless the countryside.
Día de la Aurora
Second weekend of October. "Nuestra Señora de la Aurora" (Our Lady of Dawn) is celebrated as the "matron" saint of Montilla.
Procession of the holy image and chants in San Francisco Solano.
In the nighttime from saturday to sunday, men sing serenades to women under their balconies.
Chestnuts and walnuts are traditionally sold in La Rosa during these days.
Feria del Santo
The biggest party time and festival in Montilla, celebrating the day of San Francisco Solano, born in Montilla, apostle of the Americas and canonized in 1726, the 14th of July.
A large fair and carnival, procession of the image of San Francisco, several contests and traditional sport competitionsfireworks, parades, etc., etc.
In the night time, high temperatures, wine, and party, party, party!
Fiesta de la Vendimia
Declared of National Tourist Interest.
The grape harvest and wine brewing is celebrated in the end of August and beginning of September.
Traditional grape treading, election of Harvest Queen and the "Capataz Mayor", a town celebrity who will be in charge of promotion of the wines of Montilla and Moriles for the year.
Also skill contests (brewers, "venenciadores" and coopers) and flamenco tastings of wine.