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Colors of Valladolid - traditions, festivals, mentality and lifestyle

City Hall Valladolid is a city with amazing history and truly incomparable culture. While visiting it, you will surely hear numerous legends and stories connected with the appearance of its beautiful name. According to one legend, the name of the city was originally discovered by the Arabs. Initially it sounded like "Baladul Walid", which is literally translated as "the city of Walid". Valladolid was named in honor of one of great Arab rulers. However, many historians criticize this theory a lot, since during the reign of the Arabs Valladolid was still a small village and was not large enough for the honor to wear the name of the great ruler.
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The theory that the name of the city was formed by the fusion of two words - Celtic «tolitum» and Latin «vallis» - seems to be the most credible. The first word can be translated as "confluence of waters", and the second one is "valley". Local people have always had great respect for their history and so they cherish all cultural traditions that have evolved in Valladolid during many centuries. Religion plays a huge role in the life of the indigenous people. Religious holidays and festivals are simply the best period to get acquainted with the national culture.
Easter remains the most favorite holiday of locals. Interesting events take place in Valladolid during the whole Holy Week. The solemn celebration starts with an equestrian march, in which take part members of various religious communities of the city. There are many people on the streets of the city who come to watch the amazing procession. As a rule, the procession ends on Mayor Square. Copyright
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Once the march is over, the square is used for preaching. Both adults and children come there to listen to wise words of priests. All festivities are open to foreign travelers, who will surely find much interesting in watching this unforgettable event. One more solemn procession takes place after the noon. During it the participants walk to all important religious places of the city and worship ancient sculptures. It should be noted that vast majority of religious artifacts exhibited in local churches and cathedrals relate to the period of the Middle Ages, thus they are of a great value. Easter has always been considered the most emotional and solemn holiday, so travelers are recommended to visit the city during the day of celebration and take part in beautiful events.
Simancas (Valladolid). Archivo General The festival calendar of Spain's former capital includes many bright and colorful events. Thus, when visiting the City of Kings in late October, you can get acquainted with fresh cinema novelties of a religious nature. The thing is that Semana Internacional de Cine de Valliadolid also known as Seminci is held during this time. Teatro Calderón serves as the venue. Thanks to the event, you can discover new names in the film industry, as it was before (for example, such masters as Fellini, Bergman, Buñuel, and Weida received world recognition here), and therefore, movie buffs should not miss their opportunity to visit one of the largest film festivals in Europe.
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We shouldn't fail to mention perhaps the most colorful event taking place in the City of Kings. We are talking about a carnival that falls at the beginning or the middle of February. Valladolid changes for this time - fun reigns everywhere, people organize street parties, there are no reasons to be sad (however, local residents are never sad, it's not about the Spaniards). The program includes performances by circus actors and dancers, a parade takes place on the central streets, and all wishing dress up in carnival costumes, as a contest for the best carnival look is held within the framework of the event.
Reflejo de Capitanía Every Spanish town has its own patron saint, and Valladolid is no exception in this regard. The holy patroness of the City of Kings is the Virgin of San Lorenzo, and a festival in her honor is celebrated on September 8. She repeatedly defended the inhabitants of the city from adversity, and from the Moorish conquerors in particular - at least according to the local legend the locals believe in and sure of. On this day, the homeland of the most famous Spanish King Philip II opens fairs and hosts theatrical performances, visitors are invited to taste local food and drinks.
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In the City of Kings, another saint is paid special tribute. We are talking about Saint Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters. March 19 is marked by Día de San José, which is a day off throughout Spain, except for Valencia and Murcia. The celebration includes church services and public worshiping. In addition, the same date is timed to Father's Day (El Dia de la Padre). But Mother's Day (El Dia de la Madre) is celebrated on the first Sunday of May. Local residents celebrate both these events in a narrow family circle and, of course, give gifts to the "heroes of the day".
Iglesia de San Juan Another religious holiday widely celebrated in Valladolid is called Corpus Christi. The event takes place 60 days after Easter. On this day, there is a procession with the observance of clearly distributed roles and accompanied by musicians. Starting from the Old Town streets, its final destination is Plaza Mayor. Church services are held in the morning and evening. Also, one of the most deeply revered Catholic holidays in the homeland of Torquemada is the Ascension of the Virgin Mary, or Asunción, traditionally celebrated on August 15. The celebration is marked by divine services, theatrical performances. and church parades.
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It's certainly impossible to ignore the National Day of Spain, which translates as Fiesta Nacional de España. In the City of Kings, the event is celebrated on a grand scale, although, of course, it does not have such a scope as the present Spanish capital has. The date is always the same, and it is October 12. It is an official day off throughout the country, with military parades and the festive fireworks as its culmination. Another national holiday falls on December 6 and is dedicated to the adoption of the Constitution. The event is known as Día de la Constitución.
Valladolid The apogee of the festival year in Valladolid is Navidad celebrated on December 25. From December 15 to November 5, the city opens a Christmas fair where you can buy gifts for loved ones. Now the whole town looks like a real Christmas fairy tale - it is decorated as if Papá Noel together with his extensive retinue decided to move out of his winter residence somewhere where the sun always shines. Christmas in Valladolid is celebrated in the family circle but it's always noisy and fun because it is just impossible to imagine other Spaniards.
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Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Valladolid
♥   Santuario Nacional de la Gran Promesa, Valladolid, 0.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Catedral de la Asunción de la Virgen, Segovia, 92.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Valladolid
♥   Castle 'Walls of Valladolid' Valladolid, 0.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Fuensaldaña' Valladolid, 7.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Simancas' Valladolid, 11.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Trigueros del Valle' Valladolid, 20.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Portillo' Valladolid, 21.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Torrelobatón' Valladolid, 25.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Ampudia' Palencia, 29.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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