Carnival is one of the most fun holidays of the year. Andalucia is filled with colour in every corner and on every street. Original costumes are the stars in these days of fun which get the entire city excited.
Visit Andalucia during these days of February and March is a must; the originality of their costumes, the majesty of its floats and, above all, the friendliness of the satirical lyrics sang by the troupes and chirigotas to the people are more than enough reason to take a trip to Andalucia.
Spain is a country with a well known Catholic tradition. The carnival is, therefore, celebrated before the 40 days of Lent as a way to let loose before the prohibitions of the upcoming religious holidays. Most Andalucian towns stage a parade, and a dance and a “Carnival Queen” and other singing contests.
The Carnival traditionally centres around Shrove Tuesday, which is exactly 47 days before Easter Sunday.
The carnival is a “fiesta of the people”. It is a reaction against abstentions and prohibitions of all types. Just submerging yourself in the carnival celebrations is enough to make you feel the dramatic break with social order that carnival goers achieve. It is also an opportunity to let go of all inhibitions and to help out in this department, everyone is encouraged to wear masks and fancy dress.
Hardly surprisingly, during the Spanish Civil War, General Franco abolished the Carnival in rebel areas. And after the war, of course, there was still much opposition to the Carnival, so Franco abolished it once again from 1937.However, in true Spanish style, the celebrations continued in Cadiz and some other towns namely; Ayamonte, Isla Cristina, Fuentes de Andalucia, Trabujena, Benamahoma.
Another big festival in Andalusia is the independence day. For all those who want to have another cultural experience next to the carnival in Málaga they can celebrate the Día de Andalucia which forms part of the andalusian history. This event takes place right after the carnival in Málaga on the 28th February 2017 and it is celebrated since 1980. The history behind the Día de Andalucia is the referendum on the Statute of Autonomy of Andalusia. The Día de Andalucia is a bank holiday and therefore the balconies of lots of villages nearby were decorated with the andalusian flag or in schools they are singing the andalusian hymn. Moreover this day is celebrated in schools by a typical andalusian breakfast which consists of a piece of bread with olive oil and a glass of orange juice. The Spaniards are very proud of this day and the related history.