February 26, 2014

SPANISH FIESTAS ...

                             I often get visits from this exotic little guy and his mate (the Hoopoe with its
                                 distinctive 'crown' of feathers) who probably took a wrong turn from Morocco ...
                                Thanks to Señor Hoopoe's skipping a few Geography classes, I'm the beneficiary! 


















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. La Tomatina in Buñol:


2. Holy Week processions take place every evening pre-Easter 

3. Puppets stuffed with fireworks set on fire on day of La Crema

4. Warriors parade celebrating Moros y Cristianos in Alcoy


5. San Sebastian’s La Tamborrada 

6. A nominee for Queen of Santa Cruz de Tenerife carnival 

7. Puerta del Sol, Madrid – New Year’s Eve 
Enjoy!

NORA 


40 comments:

ellen b. said...

Love that bird! We do have some festivals here in the Seattle area. Music and food fests are popular...

(◔‿◔) said...

The shots of the exotic little bird are very beautiful. My favorites are 2 and 4.
The event-pictures are great and interesting.
Happy evening, Wieczora (◔‿◔) | my photoblog

edenhills said...

That bird is amazing! I say bring on spring and festivals and fun! I'm certainly ready to get rid of winter.

carol l mckenna said...

what delightful little bird and great photos ~ thanks,

artmusedog and carol
www.acreativeharbor.com

fredamans said...

What a groovy lookin' bird!

Gillena Cox said...

Wow!!! some really nice ones, have a nice Wednesday

much love...

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Nora and Lola,

The bird is so cute - looks so wise.
I enjoyed seeing some of the Festivals at your place - fun!
Happy week
hugs
Carolyn

Light and Voices said...

I haven't ever see that bird before. How interesting the beak is so long and narrow. We have parades, festivals and food fests.
JM Illinois
U.S.A.

Eden House News and views said...

I am sure the beautiful bird will enjoy visits to you. The countries around the world celebrate some very strange customs at times

Wandering Wren said...

Wow, the bird that should be in Morocco is gorgeous, thank goodness his geography is a little out and you can enjoy!
Wren x

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

We have the Sundance Film Festival and some of the people who come out from Hollywood are a little weird looking!

Great photos!

Lady Lilith said...

Wow. The Spanish people sure know how to party.

Betty said...

What an interesting bird. We don't have anything like that here. Enjoy all your festivals!

Viera said...

Amazing photos... lovely party...I hope you've enjoyed it...

Ruth Kelly said...

It looks like a very noisy festival. I have never seen any bird that looks like that.

eileeninmd said...

What a fun time at the festivals! The bird is beautiful, I wish I could see one someday. Lovely series of photos. Enjoy your weekend!

WordsPoeticallyWorth said...

Really like the bird. Nice post.

Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

Janice Adcock said...

Crazy fun shots!

Indrani said...

The Hoope looks cool with its crown.
Enjoyed seeing the festival shots!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

What a bird! What a sighting!

Shadowy Mural

Chubby Chieque said...

Great colorful festivies.

I came from the Philippines where we look and follow the Spanish way of life and culture.

Happy weekend.
/CC girl

Kathe W. said...

What a magnificent bird! and thanks for all the festival images! Have awonderful day! OLE!

ladyfi said...

Amazing shots of birds and festivals.

Gunilla Bäck said...

The bird is gorgeous. We have a lot of festivals here too, but I don't think any of them are as fun as the ones you showed. Happy weekend!

Ralph said...

That os a great looking bird! The plume t the back of his head makes him look as if in motion - while standing still :)

As for holidays in España, we in the US are quite staid in our approach - no tomatoes in sight here!

I wasn't necessarily expecting the Spanish Inquisition, like it appears at first glance here. Nobody does...

Laura said...

LOVE that bird! Linky is now working if you want to try again to connect on my blog. Thanks for sharing the love up-close with I Heart Macro:-)

Villrose said...

Like a fiesta itself this little Hoopoe!
I have experienced Easter in Andalucia. Indeed fascinating!

SmilingSally said...

Hi Lola,

That is one unique bird; I've never seen one like that before today. Thanks for showing some blue sky.

Happy Blue Monday!

Manuela said...

wonderful pictures of this little birdie...

jeannettestgermain said...

Beautiful birds! But some of the fiestas you are showing look gruesome! Have a wonderful week:)

Cynthia said...

What a welcome little visitor and quite a display he gave you. Hope he gets his bearings and finds his way home.

EG CameraGirl said...

Gorgeous bird!

Neesie said...

We used to have Hoopoe's come into our garden when we lived in Qatar in the Middle East. They always caused a stir with their fantastic plummage.
Great photos...thanks for sharing ;D
Waving from a sunny Bonnie Scotland

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I loved this... the bird and the fiesta shots!

Happy Blue Monday!

xo

Sheila

Fun60 said...

Now that is an exotic bird.

Merisi said...

Gorgeous festivals in your roundup, thank you! :-)

Hoopoes are also living in Austria, such beautiful birds!

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Such Fun ... I need to go there. We are having Mardi Gras down here. I'm glad I did not go ...for the weather is the most crappy...LOL... Cold... wet and sleet. I need to be in Spain...that's for sure!!!
Blessings,
Marie Antoinette

LindyLou Mac said...

Calling by from Outdoor Wednesday, the is a favourite bird of mine.

Tanya Breese said...

oh that bird is cute! i don't know of any weird festivals here but we are creeping up on festival time...next week is the st patricks day festival which is so much fun!

HansHB said...

Great post, so much to see!