Local Festivities, Madrid
the 3 Wise Kings, or Los 3 Reyes Magos or simply the Reyes Magos. From my Spanish Catholic tradition it is the day where we give our gifts to our children, as the Wise Kings gave it in honor of the new born child Jesus. Over the years my travels my nationalities I have mix all tradition where we do follow up with all .
In my other country of Spain, we have the similar cake of Roscon de Reyes;as a cake to eat on these days, but the celebration is much bigger with parades of the Wise Kings with great beautiful décorations, and the gifts to our children Under the arbol de Navidad or the Christmas tree. Even thus this year due to the economy many cabalgatas or parades will be diminished curtailed from previous year, still even some neighborhoods are creating their own. In my Madrid, the route of the parade will begin at 18h30 at Nuevos Ministerios (corner with plaza San Juan de la Cruz square ) down the Paseo de la Castellana, and passing through the Plaza del Doctor Marañón, Glorieta de Emilio Castelar, Plaza de Colón and the Paseo de Recoletos, with arrival at 20h45 approximately to the Plaza de Cibeles, where King Melchior will read the message on behalf of the three Magi. After this at about 21h, there will be a fireworks show.
Basically the meaning ,and history in Spain is like this
The Magi from the East (or simply Magi) is the name which according to tradition are the visitors who, after the birth of Jesús from Nazareth, came from foreign countries to pay tribute and give you rich symbolic gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. The Gospels speak only about «magicians», nowhere lists their names, which were Kings, nor were three (a number that is possibly due to the amount of offered gifts). These beliefs were added centuries later and have remained in the popular tradition. According to Catholic belief, these Magi were representatives of «pagan» religions of neighbouring villages, which the Gospels come as the first fruits of the Nations that accept the Catholic religion. In some countries (usually Spanish-speakers) there is the tradition of representing Kings bringing gifts that children have asked in his letters during the night before Epiphany. The Magi, traditions in some countries, part of the crib next to Joseph, the baby Jesus and Mary.
The Catholic figure of the Magi has its origin in the accounts of the birth of Jesus, some were integrated from the canonical Gospels that now make up the new testament of the Bible. Specifically the Gospel of Matthew is the only biblical source which mentions a few magicians (though not specific names, the number or the title of Kings) who, following a so-called Star, looking for the «King of the Jews has been born» in Jerusalem, guiding them such a star to Jesus born in Bethlehem, and to whom offer offerings of gold, frankincense and myrrh. In that same apocryphal gospel it is said that they had any family link, and that also came with three legions of soldiers: one of Persia, Babylon and Asia. According to subsequent interpretations, the wizards were considered to be originating in Europe, Asia, and Africa respectively . However, the last book written by the Pope Benedicto XVI on Nazareth Jesús, «Childhood of Jesus», notes that the Magi probably came from the East, as it has believed traditionally, but Tartessos, an area that historians located between Huelva, Cadiz and Seville (Andalusia, Spain). In this way, the wise men from the East have become Kings, and with them have come into the Manger camels and dromedaries, said Benedict XVI and continues:”the promise contained in these texts extends the provenance of these men to the far West (Tarshish, Tartessos in Spain), but tradition has further developed this listing of the universality of the kingdoms of those sovereigns«, interpreting them as Kings of the three then-known continents: Africa, Asia and Europe “.
They represented all men seekers of God of all times and all places and that included everyone until then known and whose western boundary was Tartessos, in the Iberian peninsula”, he explains. Mention to Tartessos, Benedict XVI refers to this geographical limit that had the world in the first century AD, «magicians are East but that God seekers men of God of all places and all times are represented in that concern by search». With regard to the names of Kings (Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar) the first references seem to date back to the 5C through two texts, the first entitled Excerpta latina barbari, which are called Gathaspa, Melichior and Bithisarea, and other apocryphal gospel, the Armenian Gospel of childhood, which are called Balthazar, Melkon and Gaspard.
you have good advise on prices, they run for corridas or time of how many bulls are running that day. so you paid one price. April is good,end of march the season starts, and april is full swing.
the prices change depending if shadows =sombra or sun= sol section, the performers, if there is any celebration special running;; its better to see the Las Ventas site or go to plaza del Carmen where you can buy it on site or their internet site localidades Galicia
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great event indeed, very cultural, and national heritage there where you are going, if first time might be a bit weird, but remember you are visiting for the culture and see different things in another country. I highly recommend if you want to know Spain and Madrid especially.
There are several that you can buy online, but not necessary I always did mine at the counter. For the festivities in May, including San Isidro, you need to hurry online or by plaza de carmen near Gran Via, sell them too. here are a couple sites for online
and the place at plaza de carmen has a site in English too,
you need to keep trying online as to when they are up for sale.Hope it helps
I have been in Madrid in May as it is a fine period for the weather between cold winter and super hot summer. No particular problem with the Feria di San Isidro; Madrid is always full of life.
It seemed to me that the festivities turned a lot about the daily bullfights at the famous arenas of Las Ventas. Toreros and "aficionados" all over our hotel and Las Ventas full booked. The Feria di San Isidro is a mix of a religious feast on 15 May and a most important bullfighting festival from 7/05 - 31/05/2009.
Best is to stay away in the late afternoon from the subway lines 2 and 5 who bring the crowds to Plaza de LAS VENTAS.
This year from 10/05 - 02/06/2011. Each day there are corridas.
Madrid, mid August. One half of the city's population is on vacation, fighting for the last portion of decent beach in Torremolinos. The other half enjoys a metropolis which has suddenly become a small village, where you can drive (and park!) everywhere, traffic jams are a fairytale and the street becomes a Verbena. A pessimist will say that Madrid is half empty during August. For me, it is definitely half full.
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Jazz , Blues and Gospel are the last fest of the year. Those events lock, in an unofficial way, the year. A minute before the X-mass Madrid host the music festival, so if you are in town during winter and just before winter vocation here is a nice thing for you to do.
For me, the best time to visit Madrid is during September and October . It's not hot anymore as it used to be a month or tow ago. Weather inspire you to travel around and do more things, including take a part at the local fest at the end of the summer.
during this time the Fiesta de Otonio presents music and theatre performs that can last untill x-mass.
Lots of festivals in Madrid take a place during summer time (July-August).
Veranos de la Villa is the main one and the best way to learn more about it and about the fest locations is to check their web at:
First tow weeks of August is a good opportunity to visit "La Latina" zone of Madrid, and enjoy there the local fest of Los Tres Santos.
The Tres Santos refer to (San Lorenzo, San Cayetano, La Virgin de laPaloma)
Dia de San Juan is a fest celebrated for John the Baptist.
Other cities in Spain use to celebrate it in more colorful way then Madrid.
If you are in Madrid on the 26 to June, then this is the date it takes a place.
The San Isidro fiesta, starts on the 15 of May and goes on for nine days.
That Fiesta is dedicated to San Isidro which is the patron saint of Madrid. San Isidro is Madrid's most melodious fiesta. The main stage is always in the Plaza Mayor and during every day and night of the 9 day festival, it is easy to find various concerts and traditional dancing.
A good reason to go and visit the Malasania zone and the bars over there, cuase the Fiesta de la Comunidad de Madrid is taking a place mostly there.
This fiesta is dedicated to the Madrid citizen while fighting Napoleon.
The semana Santa is one of the biggest parades in spain. I have seen many of them in different cities, I liked the one in Malaga and the one in Sevilla, and the Madrid one is impressive as well.
During a week , the parades presents Jesus Cristo and many religious images with heavy chains, men ans women with no shoes, with chains as well, walking around town.
The parade start at the Plaza mayor and ends at the Basilique de Nuestra Seniora del Buen Consejo ( The Seniora of the good advice)
The Pasarela Cibeles is the Fashion week that takes place at the Feria De Madrid.
Its presents the coming fashion of spring and fall time.
There is more information on the web site, but it is only in spanish,,,,,
The Flamenco Caja festival is for all of the people who love music and flamenco dance.
For 5 days, at Teatros Del Canal.
c/ Cea Bermúdez 1
(+34) 91 308 99 50 / 99
Canal (L2, L7) y Ríos Rosas (L1)
Or by Bus, lines 3, 12, 37, 149
The Carnival take place in the barrios of Madrid, for several days. You can see, again, parades, people with costume, fancy dresses, masks. Lots of happiness and fun
For the exact dates it is better to take a look at www.guiadelocio.com/madrid or just buy it (guia del ocio) its cost 1 euro and its gives all information necessary.