Corpus Fair,Tha mayor Festival of the city of Granada
At midnight on May 26, 2018 will begin with the famous “alumbrao” the lighting of the bulbs the famous fair of the Corpus of Granada.
These Corpus Christi festivities were held for the first time under the mandate of royalty and it is a tradition that preserves the city of Granada and throughout its history have served as a parenthesis in the daily life of the people of Granada.
Granada during the Corpus celebrates a range of cultural events, among which the bullfighting festivities stand out, they share the time with the ornate booths and the exciting swings of the fair.
The Corpus Fair is usually in the month of June but does not have a specific date, it depends on Holy Week. The way to know the beginning of Corpus Christi is to count 60 days from Monday of Easter, first Monday after Easter Sunday, and it will give us on Thursday of Corpus Christi, the big day of this week
The fair atmosphere can be enjoyed both day and night. The ride of the elegant horse cars loaded with people dressed in the typical regional costumes, the flamenco atmosphere, the booths and all their adornments cared for the smallest detail.
In Granada fair, unlike others, the public booths are interspersed with private booths so that the visitor can freely access each one of them.
During the week that lasts the fair it is necessary to emphasize 2 processions that cross the main streets of the city:
Every Wednesday of the fair, mid-morning, the Tarasca, a mannequin that dresses the clothes that will be in style the following season, walks through the city on the back of a fierce dragon that seems to be surrendered at his feet. Thus the best kept secret, until its exit, is the suit that will wear that day. La Tarasca, it can be said, is the pagan counterpoint to the religious festival.
The big festival of Granada is organized around Thursday, leaving the Corpus Christi, day in which the whole city crammed the streets to contemplate the procession of the Blessed Sacrament of the altar.
On the Sunday of the week following the Corpus Christi festivity, a small procession is celebrated around the Cathedral, the so-called Octave of Corpus Christi.
Enjoy the Fair! Learn to dance “La Reja” by courtesy of the Provincial Association of Choirs and Dances of Granada.