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Festivals in Andalucia Due to the Coronavirus restrictions in Andalucia most traditional festivals and parades are still being cancelled. Some are being replaced with smaller static events. Most open air modern music summer festivals are taking place with reduced capacity, facemasks and social distancing rules. Keep up to date with the latest info about Coronavirus in Andalucia, Spain.

Cadiz Carnival Fascinating Facts - Fact 2

© Michelle Chaplow Like most festivities in Spain, Carnaval has religious origins.
Like most festivities in Spain, Carnaval has religious origins.

Five Fascinating Facts about Cadiz Carnival

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FACT II RELIGIOUS ROOTS

Carnaval´s timing is closely tied to religious festivals, like most Spanish fiestas, but also has roots in classical times

Like most festivities in Spain, Carnaval has religious origins, in terms of its timing and character at least. Celebrated in the week before Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent, it was an opportunity to indulge all urges before the abstinence of the Cuaresma (40-day period) started. Other theories trace the general idea of Carnaval, with its love of excess, indulgence and licentiousness, back to popular festivals in ancient Greece and Rome: the Saturnalia, when masters served dinner to their slaves, and the social order was inverted (see Fact III ); the Bacchanalia, celebrations held in honour of Bacchus, the Roman god of wine and theatre; or the Lupercalia, the spring pastoral fair for the Greek god and musician Pan.

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