April 25, 2012

WEIRD & WONDERFUL SPANISH FIESTAS ...

Dear readers, this week, ‘W’ is for *W*eird and *W*onderful Spanish fiestas! In Spain, there’s always a fiesta, local, regional or national. Andalucia alone has 3,000 annually ranging from romerias (pilgrimages), verbenas (night fairs) to ferias ( fairs) and festivales. Here’s a taste: 
1. San Sebastian’s La Tamborrada 
2. La Tomatina in Buñol 
3. Holy Week processions take place every evening pre Easter 
4. Puppets stuffed with fireworks set on fire on day of La Crema
5. A nominee for Queen of Santa Cruz carnival

6. Warriors parade celebrating Moros y Cristianos in Alcoy 
 7. Puerta del Sol, Madrid – New Year’s Eve 

ANY WEIRD / WONDERFUL FESTIVALS WHERE YOU LIVE? Do tell me! And do check out other Alphabe-Thursday posts @ Jenny Matlock! And, finally, thank you to all my dear readers who have visited or commented. And to new followers too. 
Have a great weekend! 
Enjoy and see you next time, 
XOXO LOLA:)

26 comments:

Dorothy said...

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Rocky Mountain Woman said...

I'm afraid the only festival we have here is the Sundance Film Festival and it's more pain in the neck than fun!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Lola and Nora,

I enjoyed seeing some of the Festivals in Spain, and the photos.
Thanks for sharing.
NZ really does not have Festivals like yours, we have Music Festivals, Comedy and Arts Festival.

Hope you are having a lovely week
Hugs
Carolyn

Donna Heber said...

Hi Lola,

Lots of wonderful fiesta pictures! I wish I could tell you of some here in New York, but all we have is the big New Year's Eve in NYC. Maybe it's time I do a Google search and see what we have :-)

4kids, 2 guinea pigs, 1 happy family said...

Interesting post, great use of 'w'.
x

Paige said...

The puppets stuffed with fireworks looks pretty creepy to me. We have our annual town celebration in the summer, but it's pretty mild. Parade, games in the park, fireworks. Love living in a small town.

Judie said...

My granddaughter is going to live in Spain in the fall, to work on her master's. She will love all these festivals!!

edenhills said...

We used to have Pride Days in my little small town, but that's fallen by the wayside. :-)

JDaniel4's Mom said...

It looks like they have a festival for everything. We have only the traditional ones here.

The Paw Relations said...

Wonderful post! The Spanish sure know how to throw a party!

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Sue said...

Wow, those DO look pretty unusual...

=)

Dana @ Bungalow'56 said...

Some of these were wierd... tomatoes, hoods? I can honestly say we are pretty tame here in Canada. And I think I'm OK with that : )
Dana

Ames said...

Well there's Gasparilla Pirate festival in Tampa, and Fantasy Fest in Key West, and then there is Bike Week in Daytona and you never know what you will see there. That's about all I can think of off hand. The celebrations you have listed are strange and some are scary too.~Ames

Pondside said...

Hmmmm - there are bathtub races in Nanaimo....

bluegrassnotes said...

Fun post -- looks like something for everyone in fiestas.

Braggin' Rights Bath & Spa said...

Nothing that elaborate here, but there are nice festivals in Michigan- these remind me of Mardi Gras, etc. or the Chinese festivals, they put alot into them- very elaborate... would love to go to one someday.

wifetoalineman02 said...

what a festive, colorful REDS too :-) Dropping by from RT2

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Giancarlo said...

buona serata e felice settimana....ciao

Ralph said...

I like the warriors in red - I just hope that they are firing blank ammo and not real...love the tomatoes, the acidic red fruit splattering all over. I only hope the fruit is ripe, as being hit with an unripened tomato must sting a little bit...

Jenny said...

Looks like they're having a Wild time...

Wonderful post for the letter W!

Thanks for linking.

A+

Dianne said...

there is a sense of whimsy and oddity in every shot
well done :)

Liza said...

I've seen some of these on TV. The tomatina festival looks fun.


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Ms. Burrito said...

A bit scary.

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Esther Joy said...

I'm sure we have some weird festivals, but right now all I can think of is the "Turkey Trot" Festival at a little town of Yellville near here.

chubskulit said...

Very interesting.

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JohnJohn said...

oh I love fieastas..hehehe nice pictures..=_) visiting from 366 BPC

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