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Festivals of Interest to Tourists
Festival and regional holidays occupy a relevant place between the annual traditions of Castilla-La Mancha. Some of those festivals are purely religious and some other have such remote origins that they take us to the pagan traditions from the first Spanish villages. Often, these origins are covered by Christian influences and the result is an explosion of color, popular joy, dances, typical costumes kept for the occasion. Basically, they are a renew tradition from centuries ago and that changes year by year.

There is no single town or village in this millennial Castille without its characteristic festival. Castille has been adorned by cultural crosses which have settled particular customs and different ways of life. There are even some places where its standing-out festivals are followed one after the other along the different dates and periods of the year, without a single pause.
More on festivals in Castile la Mancha
 
Festival in Guadalajara


La Caballada
Pentecost Sunday
ATIENZA
 

Santa Águeda
5th of February
COGOLLUDO
 

Santa Águeda
1st Saturday of February
ESPINOSA DE HENARES
 

Easter Week
Depending on the liturgical calendar
GUADALAJARA
 

Pasión Viviente
Good Friday
HIENDELAENCINA
 

Festival de Teatro Medieval
Normally the 1st Saturday of July
HITA
 

Procesión del Fuego
2nd Saturday of September
HUMANES DE MOHERNANDO
 

Fiesta del Santo Niño
First Sunday of September
MAJAELRAYO
 

Nuestra Señora del Carmen
From the 14th to the 16th of July
MOLINA DE ARAGÓN
 

Danzas de la Octava del Corpus
following Sunday after the Corpus
VALVERDE DE LOS ARROYOS

 

 Santa Águeda
 5th of February
 COGOLLUDO (GUADALAJARA

At the festival of Santa Águeda, the women of Cogolludo, that dress in their majority with the typical suit of Guadalajara, choose an honorary mayor (for a day) among their neighbours, and another special mayor among the women of most in the province, region or even the whole Spain. They go to mass, they do a procession with the image of Santa Águeda, they make bids to choose who will be carrying the float, and for a day women are the ones that govern the town and their homes.
On the 4th the stick of command is given to the woman chosen as honorary mayor during the festival. On the following day a meal is celebrated and in the afternoon a chocolate, dance, and orchestra, where the men are not invited.
The women show up in their alcarrian dresses, and the bread of Santa Águeda is distributed: which are “rosquillas” (doughnuts). Traditionally bread was offered to the poor to appease the conscience of the rich.
History Documentation exists in which it is explained that already in 1598 the church paid the mass that women celebrate this day.
Other interesting facts Santa Águeda died in the middle of the 3rd century after suffering evil tortures, among them that of cutting her the breasts. The church commemorates her festival on February 5. This is considered a celebration of women, since in this day they have the privilege of taking responsibilities commonly taken by the men, among them, the charge of mayor and other members of the council.
 
Easter Week
 Depending on the liturgical calendar
 GUADALAJARA (GUADALAJARA
The Easter Week of Guadalajara is a subtle combination of religiousness and art, devotion and emotion, sobriety and color, that congregates each year thousands of people both from Guadalajara and outsiders arrived from the most unlike corners to witness the solemn processional floats of the Brotherhoods of Guadalajara.
History To be a member or brother passes from parents to children or any another member of the family, for which reason their members belong always to certain families.
To enter, a new member should pay his quota of entrance in almonds, being a pound the quantity stipulated.
Diversas son las obligaciones que deben cumplir estos cofrades. The duties that these members should comply with are diverse. Among them stand out: parading in the procession of the Corpus embodying each one the character that corresponds to him; were it impossible, he should be substituted for some member of his family. During the itinerary speaking is forbidden as well as turning the head backwards, except that who plays Jesus, that can turn it three times. Another duty is the feet washing on thursday, where the feet are washed in the same fashion that Jesus did it with his disciples, and once the religious ceremonies of this day are finished, all together, dressed with the classical castillian cloak, they will visit the different monuments installed in the different churches of the city, praying the “stations” (off the via crucis) in each one of them. They must also attend the meetings and other collective activities that take place during the year.
In case of missing any activity or of breaking some of these norms, they are subject to fines that should be paid also in almonds.
Other interesting facts Tradition and popular fervor summarize another of the most singular expressions of the local festive panorama: the Procession of the Brotherhood of the Apostles whose origins are traced to the fifteenth century. It is celebrated coinciding with the Corpus Christi.
Festival activities schedule Palm Sunday: Procession of the entrance of Jesus in Jerusalem, Blessing of Palms and Branches at the terrace of the church of San Ginés.
Holy Wednesday: Brotherhood of Nuestro Padre Jesús de la Salud and María Santísima. De la Esperanza Macarena.
Holy Thursday: Brotherhood of Our Father Jesus of Nazareth from the parish of San Nicolas el Real, and from the Parish of Santiago Apostle the Brotherhood of the Pasion del Señor comes out with the floats of Nuestro Padre Jesús de la Pasión, Cristo de la Expiración (Municipal Cemetery) and The Virgen de la Piedad.
Good Friday: Brotherhood of the Cristo del amor y de la paz. From the parish of San Ginés, the Brotherhood of the Cristo del amor y de la paz, comes out with its image The Virgen del amparo, towards its parish, and the Procession of the Silence and of the Holy Burial.
Sunday of Resurrection: from the parish of Santiago, procession of Christ Resurrected with the aid of the Brotherhoods of Easter Week.
 
 
Procesión del Fuego

 2nd Saturday of September

 HUMANES DE MOHERNANDO (GUADALAJARA)
 
 
 
The well-known "Procession of the Fire" is the main festival of this locality. It is celebrated on the eve of the second Sunday of September and consists of carrying the image of the Virgin processionally on a float. The chance to carry it on the shouders is previously auctioned among the candidates, and the float is carried from the chapel to the town. During the itinerary and on both sides of the road, just as the Virgin passes by, large piles of stubble and wood are burnt as a tribute to the patroness of the town.
At night the show is impressive, a long line along the road can be seen burning intensely and along that way circulate thousands of people accompanying the image of the Virgin. It’s a stunning festival, full of singularity.
La Caballada
 Pentecost Sunday
 ATIENZA (GUADALAJARA)

For the brothers, the festival itself begins on the eve, therefore is Saturday afternoon when they should come walking to the chapel of the Virgen de la Estrella situated three kilometers from Atienza. On arrival the "three women" dress the Virgin while the brothers cut the "May”. The said "tree”, which is limited to a leafy branch, is prepared to be adorned the following day with profusion of rolls, orange and lemons.
Once the preliminary works are finished, the brothers gather to eat the seven “tortillas de vigilia” in memory of the seven days employed by the arrieros (muleteers) for carrying the “rey niño” to Segovia.
At last the great day arrives: Sunday of Pentecost from eight in the morning, the brothers come over on brightly harnessed horses to the home of the "prioste"; from there they go and seek the abbot, and already all together they go to the chapel of La estrella. Once there, they descend from their horses and begin the procession, where we can see the very curious auction of the banzos or arms of the float, where instead of money “celemines” (an old measure for cereals) of wheat are offered. Afterwards, the mass is celebrated, and later the "May" is removed to the terrace of the chapel, where it is “planted", and the auction of roscos and fruits begins. Said auction is performed also in celemines, but their value translated to money.
Finally there is a performance of the dance of the Virgin, species of Spanish “jota” that the brothers do, which is accompanied with sound of dulzaina (a sort of flute) and drum.
Thus lunch hour arrives, when all the assistants scatter except for the members of the brotherhood, that on hearing the order of the monda: "Gentlemen brothers, to eat", will rise to the dining room of the chapel to take a menu specific for this day based on roasted lamb, lettuce hearts and raisins.
Once the meal is finished, they return to the village on horse, the way they had come in the morning.
History This festival has its origin in a historic event, the rescue of the "Niño rey" (Child King), Alfonso VIII
Alfonso VIII was guarded by the atencinos to free him of his uncle Fernando II of León, who wanted to seize him and to usurp his throne, for which Fernando besieged the cited locality.
Removing him from this village, Sunday of Pentecost of 1162, a group of arrieros left from there, and when they arrived at the chapel of La Estrella and saw that a group of soldiers from león where following them, they began to sing to the Virgin and to dance to distract the soldiers while the rest escaped with the young king. They walked for seven days until they arrived to Segovia, and the monarch was safe.
Because of this event the brotherhood of the Santísima Trinidad was formed, also called of the Caballada, and from that Sunday of Pentecost of the year 1162 this festivity has not ceased to be celebrated.
Other interesting facts The Brotherhood is formed by a series of brothers that are obliged to comply with diverse ordinances, and whose breach is sanctioned with fines of diverse amounts.
The most important charges are the "prioste", the six or "last sixes", the "fiel de fechos" or secretary, and the abbot.
Other components are the superintendent or "sayón", the "monda" or mondadero, the “abanderado” or standard bearer and all the brothers "that have not served to the stick".
Finally, one must mention three women that, in spite of being a male brotherhood, occupy a noticeable role and are known by the name of "priosta" or woman of the "prioste", the "seisa" or woman of the "seisa" or woman of the main “seise” and finally the wife of the superintendent
 
Santa Águeda

 1st Saturday of February
  ESPINOSA DE HENARES (GUADALAJARA
 In Espinosa de Henares there is a brotherhood of Santa Águeda, made only of married women and to which the responsibility is given of organizing this festival. Among the religious events, there is a Holy Mass followed by a procession, and subsequently a great bonfire, around which a fight between women and men is established, since the men try to put it out. Finally, they make peace and together they dance around the blazing fire.
To show their command, the women oblige their husbands to remain at the door of the house with an apron and a broom in attitude of sweeping, a custom that today has been lost. However, that day they try to hide so the women do not chase them.
Another test that men suffer on this day is that of having to give a quantity of money if they desire to take part in the dance organized by the female sex, and once inside they should wait patiently for women to ask them to dance.
History Santa Águeda died in the middle of the third century after suffering evil tortures, among them that of having her breats cut off. The church commemorates her festivity on February 5th , being considered this a celebration for women, since in this day they have the privilege of doing activities commonly done by men among which is the job of mayor and of members of the council.
 
Pasión Viviente

 Good Friday
 HIENDELAENCINA (GUADALAJARA

This festival consists of a performance of the Passion of Christ. The text that each year is interpreted follows the evangelical story, although it includes improvised additions of the protagonists.
A total of 100 characters participate in this performance
History It is celebrated since the year 1972 every Good Friday, at 12 o'clock. It was declared of Regional Tourist Interest in January 9, 2001.
Other interesting facts The celebration of this event attracts yearly near 4.000 people in Hiendelaencina, a population that does have more than 150
 
 
Festival de Teatro Medieval

 Normally the 1st Saturday of July
 HITA (GUADALAJARA)

The main act of the Medieval Festival of Hita consists of a stage show that takes place at dusk in the Plaza Mayor. Another noticeable act is the medieval tournament that is celebrated in the palenque (fighting grounds) of the Village.
The ambience, the out-on-the-street actions, the historical clothes, the street market, the music and the popular afternoon snacks complete a festive and cultural day.
History It began its career in 1961. Its founder, Manuel Criado de Val, intended to revive the middle Ages portraying the literary works of that time inside an authentic, live setting. Thus has been happening from then in this hill of Hita, in its streets and plazas.
Other interesting facts Attending to this festival provides a unique occasion of contemplating the botargas or characters that appear in different festivities of the province of Guadalajara.
Around the end of October, in the temple of San Juan, a Concert of Medieval Music is celebrated organized by the Tourist-Cultural Association "Archpriest of Hita" since 1999. In it, the music and the scene reach great harmony.
 
 
Fiesta del Santo Niño

 First Sunday of September
 MAJAELRAYO (GUADALAJARA
At the festival of the Santo Niño of Majaelrayo, the same as in Valverde, the fundamental piece is the dance that the dancers perform, pieces of “paloteo”, and other traditional mountain repertoire, in this case in front of the image of the Santo Niño. .
Thee festival is not complete without the “botarga” and the music accompanying all the dances. The “botarga” has a peculiarity that differs from the Valverde one, since it carries a horn in which there are “gachas” porridge with which he greases the assistants to mass that fall asleep after a night of festival.
 
 
 
 
Tourist Office:
Puerta de Bisagra, s/n - 45071 Toledo (Toledo)
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Central Mountain Range
The autonomous region of Castile-La Mancha includes much of the southern part of the Iberian peninsula. It is on the southern sub-plateau and is bound by the Madrid (Region) and Castilla-Leon in the north, Aragon and the Region of Valencia in the east, Murcia and Andalusia in the south and Extremadura in the west
 
 
 
 
 
Santísimo Cristo de la Sala
Third Sunday of September
 BARGAS
 
Pecados y Danzantes
Resurrection Sunday, Corpus Christi and following Friday
CAMUÑAS
 
Fiesta de la Rosa del Azafrán
 Last weekend of October
CONSUEGRA
 
Romería en Honor de Nuestra Señora de la Natividad
From The 24th to the 27th of April
MENTRIDA
 
Fiesta del Olivo
 Last weekend of April
MORA
 
Easter Week
According to liturgical Calendar
OCAÑA

Fiesta de la Vaca
25 of January
SAN PABLO DE LOS MONTES

 
Fiesta de las Mondas
Saturday after Resurrection Sunday
TALAVERA DE LA REINA
 
Easter Week
According to liturgical Calendar
TOLEDO
 
Corpus Christi
According to liturgical calendar
TOLEDO

La Endiablada
2nd and 3rd February
ALMONACID DEL MARQUESADO
 
Festival of San Mateo
21st September
CUENCA
 
Easter Week
According to liturgical Calendar
CUENCA
 
Semana de Música Religiosa
Easter Week
CUENCA
 
El Vítor
Del 5 al 13 de diciembre
HORCAJO DE SANTIAGO
 
Romería de Nuestra Señora de la Antigua de Manjavacas
1st and 3rd Sunday of August
MOTA DEL CUERVO
 
Fiesta de Rus
Pentecost Sunday and Monday
SAN CLEMENTE
 
Pasión Viviente and Semana Santa
Easter Saturday
TARANCÓN
 
Festival of Moros y Cristianos
8 January
VALVERDE DEL JÚCA
 
La Caballada
Pentecost Sunday
ATIENZA
 
Santa Águeda
5th of February
 COGOLLUDO
 
Santa Águeda
 1st Saturday of February
 ESPINOSA DE HENARES
 
Easter Week
 Depending on the liturgical calendar
 GUADALAJARA
 
Pasión Viviente
 Good Friday
HIENDELAENCINA

Festival de Teatro Medieval
Normally the 1st Saturday of July
 HITA

Procesión del Fuego
2nd Saturday of September
 HUMANES DE MOHERNANDO
 
Fiesta del Santo Niño
 First Sunday of September
 MAJAELRAYO
 
Nuestra Señora del Carmen
 From the 14th to the 16th of July
MOLINA DE ARAGÓN

Danzas de la Octava del Corpus
 following Sunday after the Corpus
VALVERDE DE LOS ARROYOS

Carnival
25th to 28th December
 ALCÁZAR DE SAN JUAN

Running of the bulls
15th to 19th September
ALMODÓVAR DEL CAMPO
 
game of the faces
Good Friday
 CALZADA DE CALATRAVA

Easter celebrations
 depending on liturgical calendar
 CIUDAD REAL
 
Piñata Sunday
Sunday after Ash Wednesday
CIUDAD REAL

La Pandorga festival
 30th and 31st July
CIUDAD REAL
 
Easter festivals
 Depending on the liturgical calendar
 DAIMIEL

Carnival
Depending on the liturgical calendar
 HERENCIA
 
Carnival
 Depending on the liturgical calendar
MIGUELTURRA
 
festival of mayo manchego
30th April –1st May
PEDRO MUÑOZ
 


 
Mora Olive Festival
28th-30th April
The town of Mora, proud owner of some Spain's richest olive groves, dedicates the last weekend in April to its Fiesta de Olivo (Olive Festival).
During the first day there are competitions and games, olive markets and tastings and the fiesta takes on a carnival atmosphere, with the crowning of the festival queen and the lighting of an olive branch.
On the second day a mass is celebrated and the fruits of the olive tree are blessed. There is also a parade of decorated carriages and horses carrying the festival queen, and in the evening there is bull running, music and folk dancing.
The last day is dedicated to both local and Andalusian music and dance. There is even an olive stone-throwing competition and, in the usual Spanish style, the parties continue late into the night.
Mora de Toledo Town Hall
Number +34 925 300 025
Email web@fiestadelolivo.es
 Toledo Tourist Office
 Plaza del Ayuntamiento, 1, 45002 Toledo, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
Phone +34 925 254 030
Fax +34 925 255 946
Email turitoledo@line.pro.es
 
http://www.fiestadelolivo.es/index.php
http://www.jccm.es/
 

 

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