|The Fiesta de la Candaleria|
The Fiesta de la Candaleria 1st Sunday of February.The Feast of Candles The Fiesta de la Candaleria is held in towns all over Spain, parades, feasts, to honour the anniversary of the day Mary and Joseph took Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem forty days after his birth, in order to perform the required sacrifice of purification. Called "the feast of candles," La Candelaria is a reminder of the light of the Baby Jesus and Candelaria is a time of purification. In pagan folklore, the day marks the middle of Winter and the promise of spring. Perafita (Barcelona): "Candelera" 1st Sunday of February. Procession in the morning with participation of all the horses that will compete in the afternoon races. Regional dances. Alcaudete de la Jara (Toledo)La Candelaria / Las Candelas, Feb 2: , where locals dress as traditional soldiers and parade through the town with a typical dance in each square. Torrox (Malaga), bonfires in all the farms with ancestral songs. Valls (Tarragona), Folklore and "giants and big-heads". Arroyo de la Luz (Caceres), candlelight procession. Caleruega (Burgos), A big procession and regional dances, sometimes merges into Santa Agueda (Feb 5). Miranda del Castaņar (Salamanca), Two candles, the Virgin's for the elderly and the Child's for the youth, it's bad luck for the group whose candle goes out. Madrid, Clowns dressed as Andalusian farmers bring out "vaquillas" (young bulls), made of wooden frames with two horns. "Bullfighters", dressed in multi-coloured silk pants, carry lassos and wear paper flowers and belts, and perform hilarious mock bullfights around town all day long. At the end of the day in the town plaza, the bull is "killed," and sangria is communally passed around, symbolizing the blood of the bull.
A Pobra de Trives, Ourense,
"Festa dos Chourizos," Festival of the Sausage, Hundreds of people eat homemade roasted sausages around bonfires and bright candles. MalagaA young girl from the village leads the Parade in Honour of Our Lady of The Candelaria, eventually re-enacting the presentation of Jesus at the Temple. Menasalbas,Toledo, Ahorseback parade in which 11 riders and their 22 servants carry torches through town.
Almonacid del Marquesado, CuencaThe Devils Parade
Hundreds of locals dress as "devils" in colourful outfits and jump and dance through the streets.