Festivals - Winter

All Saint´s day is a time to reflect on dear freinds and family that are no longer with us. © Michelle Chaplow
All Saint´s day is a time to reflect on dear freinds and family that are no longer with us.

 

All Saints Day

On November 1st, fiestas called "Tosantos" (contraction of "todos los santos", or "all saints") are celebrated in Cadiz and Andalucia.   More>

 

 

 

 

The feast of San Martín


On 11th November, is the occasion for the slaughtering of pigs, in preparation for the winter-time drying of hams and sausages, at a fiesta called la matanza - literally, the killing - in all the towns and villages of the mountain areas of Andalucia. The day begins with the killing of the pigs and is spent butchering the carcass and stuffing sausages and black pudding. A great deal of eating and drinking accompanies these events.

 

 

Chrismas Eve


The quietest evening of the year in Andalucia. Even most of the bars are closed. An evening reserved for a family dinner.
See our page on Christmas in Andalucia

 

 

The Verdiales Music Festival


The Verdiales Music Festival takes place 28th of December outside Malaga. The Pandas or groups of musicians from local villages compete on stage. More interesting are the spontaneous practice and jamming sessions where they fiddle, strum and rattle their instruments in a cacophonous frenzy, while bottles of potent Málaga wine and aguadiente are passed from hand to hand. They appear in traditional costumes with unusual flowery headgear also festooned with mirrors, bells, beads, and ribbons..

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