March festivals in Spain will entertain the locals and visitors alike. Spring has almost arrived and folk music fills the air in most city squares, some the best March Festivals include the Sant Medir in Barcelona, the Las Fallas in Valencia and the burial of the sardine in Andalucia.
Las Fallas de Valencia – Mid March
The Las Fallas festival was intended to honour Saint Joseph the patron of the carpenters guild, where this spectacular tradition arose from. It is an impressive display of huge figures, mostly comical depicting personalities in Spain which are made over the year only to be burnt on the last day of the fiesta.
The week leading up to the Fallas comes alive with fireworks displays , street performances, performance by local bands and so much more. There are now well over 100.000 Falleros and Falleraswhom ensure that these fiestas are an unforgettable experience each year in Valencia.
Holy week – Variable dates March /April
Holy week is a very important religious time of year in Spain and the entire week is filled with colourful processions and religious celebrations.
If you plan to visit Spain specially to celebrate holy week then its best to check the dates well in advance as they vary between March and April each year. In 2018 holy week falls on the 25th to the 31st March.
Even if you are not a religious person you will be inspired by the whole atmosphere of holey week in the towns and villages held across Spain. The brotherhoods of each church carefully prepare amazing processions which usually involves carrying the statue of the local patron saint through the streets on magnificently adorned floats lit by hundreds of candles.
The Jerez Flamenco Festival
For lovers of traditional flamenco and folk music the Jerez Flamenco festival is one not to miss. Jerez comes alive each March with the colour and sounds that only flamenco can do. Singing, dance and guitar music is present on every corner, plaza and street around Jerez which gives the town a unique atmosphere.
The golden triangle of flamenco music is said to be located within the city walls of Jerez de la Fronterra, Cadiz and and the Triana district of Seville. Jerez has a large gypsy quarter who prepare whole heatedly for this special annual event.
People arrive from all over the world to take part in the Flamenco festival, they come to enjoy the historic city and listen to the very best flamenco guitar players and dancers from all over Andalucia.There are numerous headline shows at the central Vilamarta Theatre as well as other venues such as the Plaza Romero Martinez and the Palacio de Villavicencio.
The Burial of the Sardine – El Entierro de la Sardina
This is quite a strange festival which takes place after the carnivals in Andalucia have finished. Its true origins are not known though the theory goes that in the 18th century King Carlos III was given some sardines turned out to be rotten, he immediately ordered them to be buried. And this symbolic ritual has been played out ever since in many towns around Andalucia in southern Spain.
The locals dress up in black, some as priests and some as nuns. who carry the sardines through the town for everyone to sea. The fish is then either buried or cooked over an open fire on wooden spits.
The burial of the sardine was depicted in a painting by Francisco Goya.
San Medir Festival – Festa de San Medir Barcelona
The Festa de San Medir is named after a saint who lived in Barcelona during the year 303 under the vicious rule of the Romans who persecuted the Christians. Legend goes that Sant Medir planted some beans which grew immediately, and for that he was taken prisoner by the Romans.
The festival is usually held on the 3rd March each year when the local neighbourhoods of the districts of Gracia, Sarria and Sants in Barcelona come to life with parades and celebrations. It also one of the sweetest festivals in Spain as toms of candy, toffee and sweets are thrown from the floats of the procession.
Other March festivals
March 1st: Balearic Islands Day
March 19th: St. Joseph’s Day Madrid, Valencia and Extremadura ( Street parades and firework displays )
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Jan 1st - New Years Day - Ano Nuevo
Jan 6th - 12th night, The Three Kings - Dia de los Reyes
Mar 19th - Fathers Day - San Jose
Variable - Good Friday - Viernes Santo
May 1st - Labour Day - Dia del Trabajador
Aug 15th - Assumption - Dia del Asuncion
Oct 12th - Spanish National Day - Dia de la Hispanidad
Nov 1st - All Saints Day - Todos los Santos
Dec 6th - Constitution Day - Dia de la Constitucion<
Dec 8th - Immaculate Conception - Imaculada Concepcion
Dec 25th - Christmas Day - Navidad