The fiestas that definitely won’t happen in Spain this year The fiestas that definitely won’t happen in Spain this year

The fiestas that definitely won’t happen in Spain this year

Many international festivals, such as San Fermin and Las Fallas were cancelled this year due to the coronavirus.
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“An international festival like San Fermin, in which millions of people come to Navarra, just won’t be possible,” said regional premier Maria Chivite on Tuesday in an announcement that came as a surprise to no-one.

The ten-day festival takes place each year from July 6th. It has gained global fame after Ernest Hemingway wrote about it in his 1926 novel “The Sun Also Rises”.

Last year’s cancellation was the first in over four decades. The festival was cancelled in 1978 after a student was shot when pro-Eta protests turned violent. But, the last time Pamplona did not celebrate San Fermin two years in a row was during the civil war.

However, it is not the only celebration to be called off in 2021. It is also unlikely to be the last cancellation of the summer.

Las Fallas:

So far, Valencia authorities have announced Las Fallas, will not take place this year.

Usually celebrated between March 15 and 19 in the Mediterranean coastal city, teams work year round to produce elaborate paper mâché models that are displayed before being set alight in a fiery finale accompanied by fire works.

Estimates put the economic impact of the cancellation of Las Fallas at around half a billion euros.

It seems very unlikely that Easter will be allowed to be celebrated in the usual way in Spain. Seville and Malaga have already announced that they won’t be taking place this year.

Seville took the decision back in December to announce that its April fair wouldn’t be going ahead in 2021.

The spring festival that sees residents dress in traditional Andalusian attire and gather in casetas to dance, eat and drink usually takes place in April.

Participants run next to Jandilla fighting bulls on the fourth bullrun of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, northern Spain on July 10, 2019. – On each day of the festival six bulls are released at 8:00 a.m. (0600 GMT) to run from their corral through the narrow, cobbled streets of the old town over an 850-meter (yard) course. Ahead of them are the runners, who try to stay close to the bulls without falling over or being gored. (Photo by ANDER GILLENEA / AFP)


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