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Festivals in Andalucia Due to the Coronavirus restrictions in Andalucia most traditional festivals and parades are yet to restart. Some are being replaced with smaller static events. Semana Santa (Holy week) 2022 is looking more likely to take place. Most concerts and theatrical events are taking place in seated and open-air venues. Keep up to date with the latest info about Coronavirus in Andalucia, Spain.

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Spanish Christmas Songs © iStock
Spanish Christmas Songs © iStock

5 Fascinating Facts about Christmas

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SEASONAL SONGS: Villancicos, zambombas, and other musical

Flamenco, the music and dance form of Andalucia, has influenced, and become fused with, many other different types of music, from jazz to classical. It also turned villancicos, traditional peasant songs, into flamenco-type Christmas carols sung in groups. The name for these in Andalucia is zambomba, called after the drum which accompanies them. The drum is played along with other instruments such as cowbells and tambourines, as well as bottles of anis (the type made of thick, ridged glass). Gypsies sing them around fires in the week before Christmas. Jerez de la Frontera, which has a strong flamenco culture and gypsy community, is especially famous for its zambombas (the party where they're sung, as well as the song itself and drum).