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May celebration in Spain

You have probably noticed that the fair season has started, but there are some local fiestas that you might not be aware of. One of them is the May Cross celebrations on May 3rd.

May Cross celebration in Coín.

May Cross celebration in Coín.

Many villages and towns in Spain and South America are celebrating “Dia de la Cruz” (May Cross Day) on May 3rd, primarily in rural municipalities. Many Spanish municipalities also choose to extend the celebrations of May 1st and May 3rd to a spring festival “Fiesta de Primavera”.

A tip for those who attended the celebration of the International Fair in Fuengirola which we wrote about last week, is to visit one of the inland towns of Coín and Alhaurin el Grande. There are various activities in a more quiet and significantly different form. If you live along the Costa del Sol, do not despair. The May cross celebrations exist over large parts of Spain, including the Canary Islands.

The small town of Alhaurin el Grande is especially known for their May Cross celebration. The party lasts for many days, but the main celebration is on May 3rd. It starts at nine o’clock in the morning and then it goes on with a program during the day. It all ends late at night with a fireworks display.

In Coin, which is the sister city of Alhaurin el Grande, there is also a May Cross celebration and the whole town is being decorated with crosses and flowers. Then the crosses are being visited by “Cristo del perdón y la Vera Cruz.” In the evening it continues with a Christ procession and as usual the procession reutrns home to its own church.

May Cross celebration in Alhaurin el Grande.

May Cross celebration in Alhaurin el Grande.