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Top 5 Spanish Festivals Attracting Tourists From All Over the World

Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Spanish people are fond of festivals and celebrations. And there is lot of variation in their festivals. Spanish festivals are filled with total fun and acts as entertainment tonics. Starting from the New Year eve to end of the year, they almost have a festival in every month. Here is the list of Spanish festivals that are extremely popular. 

1. Nochevieja Universitaria

Origin of the festival: To celebrate New Year Eve with best buddies before going home for New Year vacations, the student community of Salamanca, Spain invented a festival called Nochevieja Universitaria. It was inaugurated in the year 1999.

Place: Party Ketchup is celebrated in Salamanca, Spain. 

At what time: The festival is held in the month of December before the Christmas break of students.

Significance: Before Christmas break, on penultimate Thursday, this festival is celebrated as a New Year’s Eve and students from all over the country gather in Salamanca’s Main Square seeking farewell, parties and even participate in countdown. The concerts and all night parties are held, includes drink and dance. It has become the highlight of university calendar.

2. Las Fallas

Origin of the festival: Las Fallas is the traditional festival of Spain held in commemoration of Saint Joseph. Fallas itself refers to both celebration and monuments burnt during celebration. 

Place: The Fallas fiesta takes place in Valencia.

At what time: The event is celebrated from 15th to 19th in the month of March.

Significance: This spring festival is one of the most popular Spanish festivals and has attracted a lot of foreign visitors as well as Spanish tourists from all over the country. This event involves the ceremonial burning of enormous wooden structures, drinking and dancing in the streets and fireworks.

3. La Tomatina

Origin of the festival: This Tomatina festival has been celebrated since 1945. It was originated by a group of young people, then after it was banned for sometimes, after a long struggle it was started again and gained popularity among Spanish as well as other countries people. 

Place: Tomatina festival is celebrated in Valencian town of Bunol, Spain.
At what time: This event is organized on the last Wednesday of August and the festival lasts for two hours only.

Significance: La Tomatina is one of the main attractions among all Spanish festivals. This is famous for the tomato fight that lasts for an hour. And the people from all over the world take part in this festival and throw smashed tomatoes on each another. This festival is full of fun and entertainment. 

4. San Fermin

Origin of the festival: It was originally celebrated in October to honor the Patron Saint, San Fermin. This festival has been celebrated every year since 1592. With the passage of time, the elements like trade fairs, music, dance, bull runs, bullfights etc. are added in this event.

Place: The location where the festival is celebrated is Pamplona, Spain.

At what time: This fiesta lasts long for one week from 6th to 14th of July, the festival begins at12 p.m. 6th July, and ends on 14th July, 12 a.m.

Significance: The main attraction of this festival is running of bulls. The tourists from all over the world takes part in this event. It involves hundreds of people running in front of seven bulls in the narrow streets of Pamplona. Two rockets are launched to start bull running and then bulls charge behind the runners for 825 meters, the distance between the corral and the bullring. The goal is to touch as many of the bulls as possible. The run lasts for 3-4 minutes.

5. Carnival of Cadiz

Origin of the festival: The Carnival of Cadiz has been celebrated since 16th century and was influenced by the carnival of Venice, Cadiz’s trading partner of that time. It was one of the most crucial parts of Spanish empire. During 19th and 20th centuries, it was influenced by country leaders with some prohibitions and restrictions but at the end of the 20th century and nowadays the carnival appeared as the free and democratic carnival.

Place: The carnival is celebrated in the big city of Spain i.e. Cadiz located on Andalucia’s Atlantic Coast.

At what time: The carnival of Cadiz usually starts in late February and ends till early March and it is a carnival of 11 days. 

Significance: This is one of the best carnivals of Spain and also this is an international festival of tourist interest. You can also consider it as one of the Spanish Music Festivals. During carnival, the air in Cadiz is full of music. You can get crazy ornate costumes to enjoy this unique and animated celebration. There are a lot of events i.e. singing competitions, Parades, drum and guitar performances, street parties and circus-themed events. 
Almost all the Spanish festivals come with a lot of partying and fun. That is the reason; these festivals attract tourists of other countries too. 

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