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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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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.