Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Carnival in Spain

Carnival in Spain has a religious origin as it starts the week before Lent, being a day when they could eat meat until the end of Lent. Nowadays is a national celebration and everyone, not only Christians, celebrate it. The most typical of this day is dressing up as whatever the people want and go out to the street and hang out with your friends and many other people that you don't know. But depending on the area, people do different things. The two regions with the best Carnival celebrations in Spain are Cádiz y Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

  During Carnival in Cádiz, many people visits the city, sometimes its population doubles. When you go outside you see many people dressed with different costumes about many strange themes. In some places or buildings, like squares or a friend's house, they do costumes contests. There's a typical fish from that area and cooked in that time, the "camaron", that are prepered in many different ways. But the most famous tradition of the carnival in Cadiz are the "chirigotas", songs made by the people, for the people and talk in a comic way about subjects that make the people laugh. In this time of the year, all over Spain is televised a contest of this songs.

  Santa Cruz of Tenerife is one of the Canary islands a thirteen hundred miles to the south of Spain, at the height of Africa. It has a better weather than in the rest of Spain. Its second best Carnival in the world, after the one in Rio de Janeiro. As in Cadiz, the people goes out to the street dressed up in different ways and do costumes contests. But in this place, they have a tradition of choosing the Queen of the Carnival each year. The people vote to different women dressed as Queens of Carnival. The next day there is a parade with many floats and in one of the last ones the new Queen of Carnival and they go all around the city. In this island they have many typical desserts like the "huevos moles" or "Principe Alberto"

Los niños de la Mary
Group of "chirigoteros"
Smiling young woman in
                                           Queen of Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife
                                           Young people dressed in many ways
                                                    "Principe Alberto"