Spain is the land of celebrations or in Spanish: fiestas (pronounced: fiestas). There is no village, town, hamlet or neighbourhood that does not have at least an annual fiesta. The Spaniards are proud of their fiestas and participate in large numbers. There are fiestas all year round, but the focus is on the summer. Not only are celebrations organized everywhere to celebrate the victory of the Christians on the Moors (Moros y Christianos), but also local patron saints or events are specifically used to celebrate. On this page we try to give an impression of the interesting fiestas in the vicinity of Casa de cinco Hermanos.
Semana Santa is the most important and largest party celebrated in all of Spain. It's holy week leading up to Easter. Ten days before Easter on Friday, jumilla begins cautiously with a set of passion images in the old streets of the city centre. In the following days, several processions are held in which the statues are carried through the streets by the brotherhoods and associations that derive their right to exist from Semana Santa. On the day of christ's resurrection (Easter Day), the largest procession is held, handing out large quantities of candy to children, but also to adults. In addition to the processions, there are also passion games and Tamburadas. The first Tamburada is to expel evil spirits who are trying to seize power in this week. The second Tamburada is to announce the resurrection of Christ.
Semana Santa in 2010 and 2011
Fiesta de Vendimia
After Semana Santa, the Fiesta de Vendimia is the biggest party in Jumilla. This party is always celebrated around 15 August. It is the celebration of the start of the vintage and that is noticeable. The party is steeped in wine. It starts with offering the first grapes in traditional gestation. In this ceremony, the grapes are hand-pressed into must, which can be tasted by the attendees. During the ceremony, El Niño de las Uvas (The Baby Jesus of the Grapes) is also begged for a good harvest and mr. pastor comes to bless the harvest.
Very worth visiting are the Cabalgatas. A Cabalgata is a parade. During the Fiesta de Vendimia there are two parades:
The traditional procession (Cabalgata tradicional)
The Grand Parade (La Gran Cabalgata)
During the traditional parade, Jumilla's wineries present themselves and hand out cups of wine and snacks. The Gran Cabalgata was created to accommodate youth. During the traditional parade, the youth went out of their way to wine and caused a nuisance. The organization has solved this by organizing the Gran Cabalgata. During this parade, cars with large quantities of wine drive through the streets. That wine is handed out, but not like during the traditional parade in cups. The wine is sprayed all over you and anything you catch with your mouth can drink you up. The streets at the end of this procession see red of the wine. Despite the exuberant celebration, you can watch this parade and still stay clean.
In addition to all these festivities, there is a fairground, fairground and a variety of terraces where you can eat and enjoy Spanish Burgundian life.
It is also worth noting the procession on August 15. This is the day of Mary Ascension and is celebrated greatly throughout Spain. In Jumilla, the Virgin de la Ascuncion is removed from the church and carried by Moors and Christians through the city in a long procession in which Moors and Christians walk along. Highly recommended to visit.