—Festivals and Traditions

We may say that popular culture is like the ID of any city, like the charming wrinkles of time, which give character to the people. Malaga identity is the party character and the way the city make people participate. The most relevant parties are Semana Santa (Easter) and Feria de Agosto. The first one has a deep religious feeling, tradition of processions dated five centuries ago. Unforgettable moments produced by the images shown along streets of Malaga such as Caiie Larios, Calls Granada, Calle Carreteria or Calle Aiameda, Tribuna de los Pobres or Tribuna Principal, The advance of the tronos as El Cautivo is seen on Monday. This procession has thousands of followers, they were 25,000 penitents once, Tuesday is marked by colour white of the Novia de Malaga, this name is due to the huge love that people have to this virgin, Virgen deiRodo. People cail her that way when the trono pass by the Tribuna de las Pobres. The expected blessing is given to the city on Wednesday by Jesus El Rico. This figure has an arm with movement thanks to a simple mechanism. That arm make the cross sign in front of Palacio de la Aduana, where the procession begins. Every year a prisoner without blood crimes is freed and he follows the procession all the way. Meanwhile, hundreds of pigeons announce the arrival of the Virgen de la Paloma. Rose petals are thrown and pigeons are freed with this Virgin, some pigeons perch in the trono. This same day, horses hoover of the Cuerpo de la Guardia Civil sound through the streets. This is one of the most expected processions: Cofradia de la Expiradon, a perfect procession identic in every step to the first one in 1931. On Thursday, the petals and pigeons are change by the fresh smell of rosemary. A carpet of bushes spread along the street before the passing of the Cofradia de la Esperanza. This religious, social and artistic mass meeting also has representation in Tittle towns and villages all along Malaga province. We should highlight the processions of Riogordo, where is shown the Passion and Desth of Jesus during Friday and Saturday. One out of ten neighbours of the village participates in the representation dated on 1951 and featuring verses from the 17th century- The scenario is the village and the surrounds, The role of Jesus requires physical and psychological endurance, overall in scenes of whipping and crucifixion. Jesus' Passion is a popular act as well in other villages such as Istan, Igualeja and Moclinejo. The simultaneous celebration of the Semana Mayor in Malaga towns and villages may vary in the representation. In Alhaurin el Grande we see Verdes y Moraos, in Carratraca La Pas/on, in Alcaucin LosJudios and in Aiora La Despedia. La Despedia is one century old. Very early in tne morning starts the procession of La Cofradia de la Virgen de ios Dolores. Some accessories such as palio, arbotantes and tren de vela, are removed from the trono to make easier the movements along the streets of the centre. Together with the procession comes El Cristo de las Torres that comes to meet the Virgin in the Plaza Baja in the village. Only eight carriers are left under each trono and both tronos face each other, Then, the kneel three times when the patron rings the bell. El Nazareno de las Torres and the Virgin say goodbye untii the next year. While the Virgin is carried to the temple, Jesus is carried very fast on the hands by members of the Parachute Forces through narrow hilly streets up to the Arab Castle, where the chapel is located, The fireworks is the beginning of the big fair of Malaga in August. the night in this place with great performances, and promenades by groups of verdiales known as pandas have importance not only streets full of fairy lights and typical fans. Together with normal warm of summer we can see streets crowded of people from everywhere who come to join this party. During those days, people here from aN along the world feels like a sole family. The toast made with sweet or dry wine is accompanied with tapas of cheese, potatoes omellete or sausages. The city centre is adorned in this occasion and features many stalls where food music and dance is present. Fair's days are also celebrated in the Cortijo de Torres known as E! Real. There, groups of people organise lunches and performances. In the streets of El Real we see beautiful horses ridden by flamenco horsemen. The fun continues during attractions are located. In that street is possible to have the typical breakfast based on hot chocolate with flour fritter. Specially touching is the speech given by a celebrity such as Antonio Banderas, Carlos Alvarez or Julio Iglesias. Those speeches express the illusion and gratitude to be part of Malaga's Fair, The first day of the fair, horses, horsemen and coaches departure together to the Victoria sanctuary headed by a celebrity who holds the flag of the city. Millions of people visit the fair every year. This fair have been promoting the last years traditional music as flamenco or verdial. Verdial is an old song used by young men to say 'I love you' to their beloved. Nowadays, the December when they celebrate their patron's day in Alora, Almogia Puerto de la Torre, Villanueva de la Concepcion and Torremolinos, specially in the pine grove. This pine grove is the scenario for the San Miguel pilgrimage, prelude of the fair of Torremolinos. That pilgrimage is the second most important after Ei Rocio and it takes place at the end of September. It begins in the Avenida de los Manantiales with more than a hundred of coaches pulled by horses and ox, After the steps of the Archangel San Miguel, they go with the rhythm of Malaga music, food and joy up to the pine grove Once they arrive, they prepare country dishes to follow with the party tilt dusk.

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