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Festivals and Ferias
 Ferias and Fiestas
In CORDOBA the SEMANA SANTA (Easter) processions have 60 Pasos (floats) and 32 processions of Nazarenes and penitents singing sactas, with the scent of orange blossom and incense in the air it is a very moving spectacle.

On the 24th October the local people celebrate the Festival of St.Raphael, the guardian of CORDOBA, and the women make a special dish called Perol (rice and meat) for the occasion.

In RUTE the May crosses are celebrated in the Veracruz quarter with the area decked out with flowers and Holy Week is beautiful, in particular the Thursday and Good Friday, filling the town with the aroma of incense, pestinos and aguardiente.

Corpus Christi is celebrated in CARCABUEY with great splendour with the streets decorated with flowers covering the ground, candles, coloured motifs, and shawls and flags hanging from the balconies.
 Semana Santa
The 8th September is the fiesta of the Patron Saint, the Virgen del Castillo and the Hermanoas de la Aurora go around singing special songs in her honour.

In the Province of JAEN, SEMANA SANTA is celebrated in UBEDA and BAEZA with processions, and in BAEZA "Miserie", a play by Hilaria Eslava recalling the episodes of Passion and Death of Christ is performed every year.

In JAEN city the early figure of Christ, known locally as the "The Grandfather" is paraded.

On the 5th July in LA CAROLINA a fiesta takes place to commemorate the founding of the city in 1767 by King Carlos III.
 <b>Granada has processions all week</b>
GRANADA has processions all week during SEMANA SANTA and has been officially declared a "Holiday of Interest to the Tourist". The Wednesday of Holy Week is a procession called "Christ of Gypsies" or Christ of Sacromonte.

Between May-June is the biggest fair in the city for Corpus Christi with women in typical Andalusian dresses, horses, carriages and a general air of fun, enjoyment, singing and dancing.
 The Carnaval
In the Province of CADIZ the CARNAVAL is a week long Mardi Gras festival imported from the merchants of Venice in the 16th and 17th centuries, which is celebrated in the oldest quarter of the city.

The "Feria de Abril", April Fair is an outstanding event in the ANDALUSIAN calendar in the city of SEVILLE. Fairgrounds are taken over by handsome horses and their riders and carriages for traditional parades, and in the evening large tents are filled with music and dancing to open the feria season.
 Malaga Ferias
MALAGA has many ferias with the Easter Week processions extremely moving and well worth a visit. A visit to RIOGORDO a village in the AXARQUIA region of the Province, has a Passion Play every Easter where a great majority of the local people enact the Passion and Death of Christ, with people coming from far and wide to witness this magnificent spectacle and there are not many dry eyes at the end.

The VIRGEN DEL CARMEN is the Patron Saint of fishermen and every 16th July the fishermen parade the Virgen and then lift her onto a boat where she is then rowed out to sea to the accompaniment of brightly decorated boats, fishing and leisure craft blowing their horns. She is returned to the coast to a spectacle display of fireworks and the returned to her shrine for another year.

MALAGA'S biggest feria takes place for 10 days every August and is situated by day in the old quarter of the city and at night transfers to the special fairground just outside of the city where the festivities carry on until the early hours of the morning.

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