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January - New Year Eve
On new year eve ( Noche Vieja) you can find the Madrid people down at the Puerta del Sol.
There is a costume in Spain , and its to eat 12 grapefruits (Doce uvas) , one for each month of the year.
It is easy to find little cans with exact 12 grapes inside, in any supermarket in town. The bell will ring 12 times, and brings in with it the New year.
If you are in Madrid at this time of the year - don't miss it.
New Year's Eve at Plaza del Sol
The 31st of December of each year... all spanish people is pending of this clock.....
We have the tradition to eat one grape with each of the 12 clock?s strokes, if you are able to finish the twelve grapes before the last stroke you will have good luck in the following months.
Mos of the people meet in this square for the moment... but by own experience, if you really want this to happend... do not go to a busy square wher eyou can not here the clock strokes lol ...
It has happened to me twice, on the 2000 here in plaza del sol, and this year on Marbella, at plaza de los Naranjos, where the discjokey was drunk and did not advice the rest of the people lol
But I have to admit something .... this year I know my wish is going to be true.. as there are lots of chances that it will happend....
Keep fingers crosseddddddd!!!
UPDATES It became true ......
February - Flamenco Caja
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
February - Pasarela Cibeles
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,,,,,
Marce/April - La Semana Santa
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)
May - Fiesta De la Comunidad De Madrid
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.
June - Dia de San Juan
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.
Around the Iglesia de San Lorenzo in the Lavapies barrio. in each street a may queen(maya) is choosen for a flowerfull may fiesta. The day after that on 2 may there is a militairy parade at Sol and a festival at the plaza del Dos de Mayop in Malasagna.
Bullfights in Madrid
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
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See a corrida at Las Ventas
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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The 3 wise kings or Los Reyes Magos
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.
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Fiesta on the street
Every town quarter have own patron. Here it is La Paloma. The procession participiants are carring just her picture.
The people in Madrid are vey spontaneous and jolly. Many put in folk dresses. The street look very colourful. In every taverna all have good time. All drink sangria with fruits.
January - El di'a de los Reyes Magos
El di'a de los Reyes Magos, comes just after the New Year Eve, at the 6 to January. It's a royal parade that starts from Parque del Buen Retiro to the Plaza Mayor
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