MADRID - EVENTS
Madrid which marks the beginning of Lent involves the traditional
grand parades coupled with various individual festivities.
1st Friday in March - "Fiesta Cristo de Medinaceli"
The Igresia de Medinaceli (church) in the Calle de Medinaceli
(2) attracts thousands of visitors to pay homage with three
wishes mad ein front of a fugure of Christ. It is is the believe
that one of the wishes will be fulfilled.
2nd or 3rd week in March - "Expo/Ocio, Feira del Tiempo
In the Parque Ferial de Juan Carlos I an annual exhibition is
mounted relating outdoor life and sports.
19th March - "Fiesta de San José"
This is a public holiday throughout Spain to honour Saint Joseph.
Easter Week - "Semana Santa"
During the Easter Week and particularly on Holy Thursday and Good
Friday there are religious processions and church services. In the
town of Chinchón which lies to the southeast of Madrid mounts a
Passion Play which draws great crowds. During this same week a
Artisans & Ceramic Fair is held at the Plaza de la
23rd April - "El Dia de Cervantes"
A Book Fair is held at the Alcalá de Henares (4) to
commemorate the death of this famous 16th Century Spanish writer.
Last Sunday in April - "The Madrid Marathon"
1st May - "Labor Day"
A public holiday in honour of the Spanish working population. A
large rally is held in the Plaza de la Puerto del Sol (1).
1st May - "Festas de Mayo"
Local towns of Ajalvir, Casarrubuelos, Frenso de Torote and
Torrelaguna, all hold "Fiestas".
1st Sunday in May - "Las Mayas"
Each street in the district of "Lavapiés" (1)
elects a May Queen who spends most of the day sitting on a dias
surrounded by flowers and receiving homage.
2nd May - "Día de la Comunidad"
A Madrid public holiday with military parades in the Plaza de la
Puerto do Sol (1).
On this day the whole population of Madrid celebrates with a
series of concerts along with open-air dancing and various sporting
events. As to be expected the traditional Bullfight is also staged.
15th of May - The patron saint of Madrid is "San Isidoro" and he is celebrated on
this day. Bands play nightly in the Jardines de las Vistillas,
Calle de Bailén (1). This marks the beginning of the real
Bullfighting season that is in the Plaza Monemental Las
Ventas and last until the middle of June. This period commences with
the procession "Romeria" where traditional "Catizo" dress is donned
and along the route hawkers will sell to the passers by
"Barquillos", "Buñuellos" and "Rosquillas" for them to eat. During
the month long festivity there will be concerts, open-air dances,
and many other events.
End of May - "Corpus Christi"
Religious holiday with processions in Madrid and Toledo.
Last Sunday in May - "Romería Alpina"
At Lozoya there is a country procession with the "La Virgen de
End-May to mid-June - "Feira del Libro"
A Book Fair is held in the Parque del Retiro (2).
13th June - "Fiesta de San Antonio de la Florida"
On this day each year unmarried
girls will pay homage to Saint Antonio by placing in the Font at the
Ermita de San Antonio de la Florida, Glorieta San Antonio de la
Florida (4), 13 dressmaking pins, after which they have
to dip their hands into the Font.
Tradition states that if one of these pins happens to remain stuck
to the girls’ finger then she will be married before the year is
9th July - "Concierto de la Velas"
At the Pedraza in Segovia a candlelit fiesta is held.
16th July - "Fiestas de la Virgen del Carmen"
District religious fiestas in Chamberí (2).
25th July - "Fiestas de Santiago Apóstal"
This day is a public holdiay throughout Spain for its patron Saint.
26th July - "Romería Celestial"
The town of Alameda del Valle holds a religious procession that
climbs 3 kilometers to the La Ermita de Santa Ana.
6th to 15th August - in some of the districts of Old Madrid
(1), the Fiestas de San Lorenzo, San Cayetano, and the Virgen de
la Paloma are commemorated. Processions, open-air dancing, and
sidewalk concerts are held.
10th August - "Fiesta de San Lorenzo"
This fiesta is held at the El Escorial Palace outside Madrid.
12th to 18th August - "Fiesta de San Roque"
A combination of Bullfights and "anís" tasting takes
place at the town of Chinchón.
15th August - "Asunción"
A national holdiay.
24th August - "Fiestas de San Bartolomé"
Processions, classical theatre and bullfights are to found at
Alcalá de Henares.
End of August - "Encierros"
The traditional "street bull-running" in the town of San
Sebastián de los Reyes and at at Cuellar near Segovia (dating back
End of August and early September - "El Motín de
The abdication of King Carlos IV in 1808 is celbrated with outdoor
concerts, fireworks and bull fighting in the town of Aranjuez.
In Spain the act of Christmas is celebrated in homes on
the eve of the 25th of December. It is the custom for a feast to be
prepared in every home starting with shellfish, followed by a fish
and then some meat. After presents are exchanged over coffee and
liquors the family usually leaves home to attend Midnight Mass. The
6th of January is very important to Spanish children for it is on
this day that they receive their major Christmas presents. The night
before each city and town holds processions and sweets are
distributed from the floats to the eager youngsters.
Madrid (1) - Bourbon Madrid - (2)
- Castellana (3) - Surrounding (4)