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Spain is known for many of its cultural and historical factors, but also for the great variety  of celebrations  and traditions that it hosts.

As a student, you will have the possibility of experiencing  many of them. Mentioning  all of  these traditions is practically impossible as each city, village, and neighbourhood has its own events. However, the following celebrations are the most famous.

SAIN FERMÍN PAMPLONA JULY

Probably the most well known celebration at a international level thanks to the publication of “The Sun Also Rises” written by Ernest Hemingway.
Each 7th  July in Pamplona, there is a festival celebrated  in honour of the patron saint of Navarra that lasts for one week. What began as a trade fair, is today a festive event recognized worldwide. During this event, the city is overtaken  to celebrate  its most important week, so there are parties on all of its the streets in addition to the infamous running of the bulls. During this week, the city increases its population from 200,000 inhabitants to more than 1 million!

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THE TOMATINA BUÑOL AUGUST

In the Valencian village of Buñol, on the last Wednesday of each August, thousands of people come to create a tomato battle in which tons of tomatoes are launched, making it one of the most fun battles in the world.

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SEVILLE'S APRIL FAIR SEVILLE APRIL

Seville’s April Fair is celebrated the third week after Holy Week. What was  originally a trade fair of livestock,  is  today a festive event that lasts for an entire  week. The city is filled with  horse-drawn  carriages . Women and men dress in traditionally flamenco attire. It takes place on the fair grounds, in the neighbourhood of “Los Remedios.”  During this festival, an entirely new city is created, with more than 30 streets of “casetas”, that are big tents where  people gather  to eat, have a few  drinks,  and dance.   The fair grounds can house nearly one million people. At April’s Fair, you will enjoy flamenco, the exquisite local gastronomy, and the best party you’ve ever attended. Even though many “casetas” are private, there are also many with free entrance so that you will be able to enjoy everything that is necessary  to have a good time at the fair.

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THE FALLAS VALENCIA MARCH

The Fallas is held in Valencia in March.  During more than a week the city prepares to be filled with  gunpowder, “mascletás,” and castles of fires. The city  is decorated  with huge wooden dolls that are burned down the last day of the celebration, creating a spectacular show of  lights and colors. What began as a tradition in which the carpenters used to burn the shavings and surpluses, is now an event known all over the world.

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CARNIVALS TENERIFE, CÁDIZ MARCH

During  February, Spain dresses up for carnivals. The most famous ones are Cadiz’s Carnival and Tenerife’s Carnival. The Carnival of Cádiz takes place between January and February. Local music groups compete in a competition in the Fall theater, and afterwards, public shows and parades take place on the streets. The Carnival of Tenerife takes place on  the island of Tenerife, and it is paired with the Cadiz’s Carnival. It is the second most important carnival on a world-wide level, surpassed only by that of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

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SAIN MIGUEL LLEIDA SEPTEMBER

This celebration is a particularly important event within Spain’s plethora of national celebrations. It is held every year in the “Campos Elíseos” Park at the same time that the “Greatest Autumn Festival.” Like in all of Catalonia, the “castellers” are a huge part of the celebration, building human castles several metres tall.

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THE DESCENT OF THE SELLA ASTURIAS AUGUST

In the North of Spain  we also find a multitude  of festivities, one of which takes place on the Sella River in Asturias. At the beginning of August, a  sporting challenge is hosted along the river, and during the same time, a “Canoe Festival” is celebrated on a Friday night in  Les Arriondes and on a Saturday night in Ribadesella. These two cities become filled with campers and visitors from all over Spain as well as overseas, creating a unique, international atmosphere.

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Spain is very diverse when it comes to its culture and its way of expressing it, so  whatever and wherever you study, there will always be some cultural event or important celebration. You will be able to get to these places easily as it is a well-connected country with affordable tickets by bus, train, and airplane.