February 11, 2013 by cmcguigan91
In the past few weeks I was able to experience two very different Spanish Festivals.
Fiesta de San Cecilio is the celebration of the patron saint of Granada. This festival is celebrated every year on the first Sunday of February. There is a Mass at the Sacromonte Abbey, followed by a big outdoor party with traditional food and Flamenco dancing!
It was a gorgeous day as we made the pilgrimage up to Sacromonte with the people of Granada. Food, beer, music, and people everywhere!
It was lots of fun walking around, exploring and enjoying the day. Everywhere in Spain has such a rich history and unique traditions. I’m so glad I get to experience some of them!
Carnaval is one of the most famous festivals in Spain. It is a celebration before Lent, a way to “let loose before the upcoming religious holidays.” This year it is February 7th to the 17th. Cádiz is said to have the best celebration, and I was there for the first weekend!
I took a bus from Granada at 12pm on Saturday. We arrived in Cádiz at 5pm and the party started! We had no idea what to expect, so we just wandered in the direction of people. From then on it was a night of drinking, dancing, and partying. Everyone there was in costume; some elaborate, and some from the dollar store. I saw a surprising amount of men dressed up as women, as well as Smurfs, cows, lots of colorful wigs, and millions of other disfraces. During Carnaval, anything goes!
There were thousands of people and performers in various plazas in the city. I met many people from all over Spain. It’s hard to explain the excitement running through the air. Everyone is just there to have a good time!
As the night went on, people never stopped! The streets were full of beer, urine, and broken glass. We left Cádiz at 7am Sunday morning to make it back to Granada by noon. Everyone was exhausted! What a strange, crazy night. I’m not sure I’d do it again, but it was definitely an experience!