Jalon fiesta calendar
(all dates are approximate)
The Three Kings - Procession and distribution of presents to the children.
Throughout Spain the week of Easter (Semana Santa) is celebrated with somber religious processions, usually entailing an effigy of Jesus on the Cross being carried through the streets followed by mourners wearing black and carrying candles. Spaniards of all ages take part and one cannot help being struck by the sense of community and dedication to tradition that the celebrations reflect.
APRIL - last Saturday of the month
Fiesta del Romero - A most unusual fiesta and only celebrated in this small village. The entire town set out on foot accompanied by flutes and drums, to walk to a specific hillside just outside the village to enjoy a picnic of specially prepared pasties, drink the local wine and collect rosemary growing on the hillside. The rosemary is then taken back to the church to be blessed.
May 1st - 2nd
Mediaeval Market - Stalls, birds of prey, street performers and traditional food.
JULY 26th - 27th
Moors and Christians Fiesta. - This festival is celebrated all over Spain as their history is deeply rooted in the battles which took place over control of Spain in the 13th to 15th century. Each fiesta is a theatrical performance with participants dressed in elaborate and expensive costumes depicting both sides of the battle. The music played by the live orchestras is especially composed for the fiesta and is very dramatic. Battles are re-enacted using replicas of the weapons used so it can become a little noisy.
AUGUST 2nd - 11th
BULL-RUNNING - The famous bull running event is held in many towns at different times of the year all over Spain. Large, generally aggressive bulls are let loose in designated streets to chase after those who think they are fast enough to jump out of their way, run behind the many wooden barricades or into the steel cages set up for their protection, before they get gored. Not for the faint hearted, and definitely best left to those with more experience as it is not as easy as it looks. The bulls are very fast and many people - usually foreigners - get hurt, and occasionally killed each year due to them tripping and falling before they manage to get to safety. These bulls have large horns, and will attack through fear. Hundreds of people attend the events, sitting upon makeshift platforms above the streets or standing within the steel cages. It can become rather noisy with everyone shouting and jeering at the bulls who naturally feel trapped and we all know how a cornered wild animal reacts to this kind of situation.
OCTOBER 18th - 22nd
Each town has its Patron Saint and a fiesta is held in their honour which usually last one week. During this time the towns commercial activity virtually shuts down as celebrations go on practically 24 hours a day. Festivities include processions, dancing in the streets, live music, sporting events, firework displays and a giant paella cooked in the village square.