Every year thousands of people gather to take part and look at really unusual festivals. The roots of many of these celebrations have deep roots embedded in the old days, but some still young. Although all the festivals are completely different, one thing they have in common: the singularity.
On the last Wednesday of August in the Spanish town of buñol going 9000 local and 20000-40000 visitors to throw at each other with tomatoes in honor of the virgin Mary and St. Louis Bertrand, the patron Saint of the city. This tradition has existed since 1940 gg, although under the rule of Franco was suspended. According to the rules of the festival begins only after someone climb up on a wooden pole with a height of 2 floors, pre-lubricated with soap. At the top of the post daredevil expects pork ham (jamon). Then begins firing on the participants from their water cannons, and on the streets emit 100 tons of tomatoes. Women dressed in white, and the men no shirt. After the battle, the walls of the surrounding houses become red and tomato goo on the pavement reaches the ankles.
An ancient legend says: “the events of the Nativity of the blessed virgin Mary occurred in the small town of Nazareth, where Her elderly parents. Joachim and Anna were very kind, modest, elderly people that could be held in high esteem in people, if they had children. The absence of children was considered in Israel great misfortune.
Old people used to ridicule and found comfort in the Church. But one day on the feast of Joachim was not allowed to go to the altar. Grief, shame, resentment, he went into a desert place. Poor Anna all blamed herself. Cried, prayed and promised that if the miracle happens, she would dedicate the child to God.
According to ancient legend, Joachim in the desert, and Anna in the upper room, received from an angel the glad tidings that Continue reading
In February in Spain, the carnival season begins. In large and small cities held celebrations – scale and not very modern and has a long history. The newspaper ABC has compiled a list of 12 most notable of them.
1. Santa Cruz de Tenerife
In 1980 the local carnival was declared a festival of international tourist interest. Among the activities especially a large procession through the streets of the city. It is believed that the carnival in Tenerife is the second in popularity after the carnival in Rio de Janeiro. The period from 6 to 17 February.
2. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
As part of this carnival attracts special attention costume contest and performances by murgas – groups performing satirical verses on hot topics and carnival groups. The festival will last from 1 to 17 February.
The local carnival is also declared a festival of international tourist interest. Within it are various groups – choirs, carnival groups, quartets, etc. Time – from 7 to 17 February.
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