Tene Sommer's Blog Vol.3: My First Feria23-10-2012
Every year in Spain, each town has its own celebrations known as a “Feria”. I visited the San Pedro Feria, that took place from the 16-21 October and it was also the first time I've ever been in one!
Every town and village in Andalucia has its own feria or fair and its originated in the middle ages, when it was the principal means of interchange of local products within the kingdom. The first feria takes place at Seville in April (two weeks after Semana Santa) and the last one is at San Pedro de Alcántara in the middle of October. The San Pedro Feria is held because of the day of the Patron Saint of San Pedro de Alcantara.
Since I had never been to a Feria, I decided it's time for me to experience one. I think it’s a great way of submerging yourself into the Spanish culture and learning more about the Spanish way of life. The Feria takes place throughout the day with lots on offer including stalls (Casetas) where you can sample some of the local delicacies, such as wine, tapas and cakes. There is also live music in the little bars and people sing and dance and celebrate! While being there you can enjoy the refreshing "rebujito" - which is white wine and sprite mixed together. I loved it!
And at night there are many different attractions to watch, lots of fun, lots of dancing and all in all an endless amount of fun activities. On the opening night of the Feria there was also a beautiful fireworks and a beauty pageant! This I have never seen anywhere else in the world! Now I know why the shops in Spain sell the Flamenco clothes, because all the contestants are wearing one! Besides flamenco dresses and fireworks there are also horse parades, activities and games for the kids, exhibitions, senior activities and concerts.
I really enjoyed the feria at night, since I had never seen so many attractions and candy selling points in Andalucia before. And besides the huge amount of candies, they sell cotton candy, churros(Spanish doughnut) , sugar-coated apples, bananas in white chocolate and also my favorite - coconuts! And of course you can eat salty things too, hamburgers, hot dogs, tapas, kebab - you name it, they have it. And the food is delicious!
In Estonia, where I'm from, there is no such thing as the feria. We only have an amusement park on wheels that travels through all the cities and stays 3-4 days. It has a couple of attractions and a stage for some entertainment, but nothing like the feria in Andalucia. People in Spain really love the culture of food and drinks and celebrating together! And what is most important - people are happy! And I like to see that.
I'm voting against the Puente!
But I must say there is also a downside of this feria and fiesta culture that I've witnessed during my stay in Marbella. People tend to forget about work, when it's a holiday. It is fine for that one day when there is a free day, but what I can't stand is how the holidays are prolonged. Its called the Puente. If a holiday falls on a Tuesday or Thursday, many businesses will take the Monday or Friday off too. This is known as a 'puente', a 'bridge' between the holiday and the weekend. Sometimes, if the holiday falls on a Wednesday, staff may take both Monday and Tuesday off. So there you go, no wonder the whole country is in big financial crisis. I say, let's start burning the bridges! Have a Feria, but don't forget to work :)
Until next time,
By: Tene Sommer
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Spain is the country with the mowst day's off in the world, they really need to learn how the other coutries work. There are many Spanyard's that are working in the US and they are doing well, so why the one's at home don't do the same? They really need to cut off half of these days. Good point dian ;)
but spain is the worst! im sorry even on mothers day all the flower shops are closed.. and the banks??? lets not even go there.its impossible to do business here.always fiesta and what about siesta???from 2-5 - WTF! normal tourists go shopping at that time, but the shops are closed :( sad sad sad
hope spain realises it soon and people start working normally from monday to friday!
It is very common in many countries to take few days off between weekend and holiday day.Good companies/owners do it always. Real working life and we enjoy it.Work is not a rabbit, does not run away and we do not have to kill ourselves with it.
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