Festivals in Madrid

A strong sense of community and respect exists for the traditional Castizo culture of Madrid. By experiencing Madrid's festivals with a local you'll have the opportunity to really understand what tradition and culture means to today's Madrileños.

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Festivals in Spain

Madrid is traditionally Catholic and the festivals are based on this heritage. Traditional Castizo culture of Madrid is amazing. Ask the right people and you could even get special access to parties, concerts and 'Chotis' in which locals dress up in 19th-century castizo costume and dance in pairs.

7 Other Festivals in Madrid

  • Carnival, taking place in the build-up to Ash Wednesday, and ending when a sardine is buried in the ground to signify the start of Lent
  • Day of San Antonio, on the 13th of June, when by tradition young girls make a pilgrimage to the shrine of San Antonio de la Florida to see if they will marry within a year
  • San Lorenzo, also occurs in the days before La Paloma, but in the Lavapiés quarter; it is in honour of a 3rd-century martyr
  • Semana Santa, taking place in the build-up to Good Friday and involving solemn processions with pointy-hooded penitents, marching bands and large sculptures depicting the Virgin Mary and Jesus
  • La Trashumancia, this celebration occurs in late-October or early-November and allows shepherds access to the city to practise their historic right to walk their sheep through the streets of Madrid
  • Feria Taurina is a month-long bullfighting fair beginning in mid-May, when daily bullfights are accompanied by all kinds of concerts and outdoor events
  • San Cayetano, taking place in the build-up to La Paloma, San Cayetano is held around Plaza de Cascorro, culminating with a procession in honour of the saint on August 7

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