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.
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 ......
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.
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 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 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)
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.
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.
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
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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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.
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