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Festivals in Andalucia Note that due to the Coronavirus restrictions in Spain and Andalucia all the traditional festivals and parades have been cancelled at least until April 2021. This includes the emblamatic Seville Spring Fair. Some smaller events are still taking place if the organisors are able to ensure social distancing. Keep up to date with the latest info about Coronavirus in Andalucia, Spain.

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Christmas festive fire festivals © iStock
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BURNING BRIGHT: Festive fire festivals in Andalucia

In December, as well as traditional Christmas celebrations, did you know that many Andalucian towns and villages host festive fire festivals? During the day, wood is gathered and loaded onto a cart and taken to the village square; then at night, the bonfire is lit, accompanied by singing, dancing, eating and drinking. Some of these festivals take place on the eve of Santa Lucia (which means light), 13 December. They are sometimes called quema (burning) or leña (firewood); many have their roots in pre-Christian pagan rituals.