Thursday, April 27, 2006

Thursday Thirteen

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Thirteen Things about the Seville Spring Fair
Feria de Abril



01. It is one of the most known festivals in Spain.

02. The "Feria of Abril" has not always been considered such a time of festivity. It dates back to 1847 when two councillors requested permission from the Town Council of Seville to organize an agricultural livestock fair.

03. It didn't take too long before an air of festivity began to slowly transform the fair, mainly due to the emergence of the first three "casetas" (stands)

04. The casetas are made of brightly-coloured canvas and make up the basic element of the event.

05. Each caseta is distinctively decorated and it is like an individual party, there are chairs and tables inside where people sing, eat and drink while watching others dancing the local form of flamenco, the sevillanas. Each caseta has its own atmosphere and tradition and are hosted by groups of Seville families, clubs, trade unions and political parties, admitting only members of the organisation and their families, though most people practice "caseta-hopping", visiting friends and relatives in various casetas. There are a few public casetas, operated by the city council , for the benefit of people without any affiliations (tourists!)


06. There are more than one thousand! casetas distributed throughout the fifteen main streets.

07. Base camp for the Feria festivities is a temporary tent city, on the far side of the Guadalquivir River, called the Real de la Feria. This rectangular piece of land is about a mile long and 700 yards wide.

08. The Feria de Abril takes place every year, two weeks after Easter and lasts one week.

09. The festivities begin at noon every day with daily parades of horses and decorated carriages accompanied by strolling singers who play traditional Sevillana ballads on their guitars, dressed in the unique wide-brimmed "bolero" hats and short-cropped jackets that are closely associated with Andalusia.

10. What women wear:
And just for fun, check out some flamenco fashion .


11. The Feria attracts top-notch matadors from all over Spain and the bullfights are considered to be the best of the season. The action takes place at 5:30pm every afternoon in the Plaza de Toros de Maestranza, which is considered one of the most beautiful bullrings in the country.
I will not comment on bullfights since I agree with this statement I saw as a graffitti: "if bullfight is art, then cannibalism is gastronomy"...

12. The party goes on until the break of dawn or later...schools are closed, offices work part-time, shops close at mid-day. Nap time is around 7 pm for this event!

13. Why am I telling all this? because I will be flying over there this coming saturday to visit friends and their casetas. It will be the third time I visit the Feria. I gathered information
here for this TT! Happy Thursday!





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61 comments:

  1. wow, makes the asparagus festival we just had here seem, well, boring!
    Enjoy!
    We are recovering after my boy's 9th durgery. My TT is up.

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  2. I love the tent. It's cute. Mine's up too.

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  3. I wanna go to Seville Spring Fair
    too, dressed like that, dancing Flamenco!!! *dreaming*

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  4. I'd love to go to a festival in Spain, I can only imagine how colourful it must be :)

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  5. that is thirteen things i did not know...

    my first T13 is up - just an hour after my first WW. it is a late night of meme writing -LOL

    Nice to meet you - i love your blog design - so nice!

    I am Janice from 5minutesformom

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  6. How exciting! MEMEMEME! I want to go! ;)

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  7. Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the festival!

    Happy TT day
    Elle X

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  8. Sounds like one BIG party and lots of fun.

    Thanks for visiting my TT.

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  9. I always wanted to see a bullfight. (And cheer the bull of course)

    My T T is published

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  10. There are so many great celebrations where you live. Thanks for bringing them to us.

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  11. What fun! I love celebrations and sounds like you really know how to celebrate. I'm back in the daisy patch now. Glad you had a good break too!

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  12. Now I want to go back to Seville. I LOVE Seville. And I wish I had the figure for that dress!!

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  13. I feel so much more edumacated having read your list. :) I'm going to be a flameco dancer for halloween now!

    My list is up
    http://carmenhasgonetoplaid.blogspot.com/

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  14. How cool! Sounds like lots of fun. Will you post pictures? Hope so.
    My TT is up.

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  15. I'm not sure about Spain but think I would enjoy the festival, my T13 is now up.

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  16. It sounds wonderful!
    Thanks for visiting my list.

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  17. That sounds like tons of fun!

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  18. Sounds like a wonderful festival. My TT is up.

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  19. I want a dress! but wait- I want a vacation, too!

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  20. Wow I want a festival that closes down schools and work...

    I hope you have a great time , it sounds like a blast!

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  21. Spanish people have so much fun! Or maybe it's just that we take our holidays for granted.

    I love your line about serving leftovers! And love learning about Spain.

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  22. I just love that pic of a caseta! Very beautiful!!!

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  23. Very interesting post! And informative - thanks for the lesson this morning!

    My 13 are up, too.

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  24. Interesting! I have a friend who lived in Spain for a while. Have fun!
    Thanks for stopping by!

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  25. Sounds like alot of fun, altho I agree with you on #11! Thanks for visiting my T13!

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  26. i am truly ashamed now, being portuguese and have never heard about the Feria de Abril. But it sounds like so much fun - the idea of the caseta is great.

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  27. I learn so much about Spain at your blogs. It sounds like a wonderful Fair.

    My TT is up.

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  28. Sounds like fun!
    My TT is up.

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  29. Oh this festival sounds like sooooo much fun! You have a great time over there! I'll hold off going until I lose my weight and can fit into one of those ooo-la-la flamenco dresses! (don't know if my feet could EVER handle the shoes though...) LOL!

    Thanks for stopping by!
    (oh... DO post pictures when you return!)

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  30. Have a safe and wonderful trip.
    Hope you'll have a thirteen fabulous photos list from the event coming soon.
    My own TT is up.
    Take care,
    Frances

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  31. It sounds like a blast!
    I hope you have loads of fun.
    Thanks for visiting my TT.

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  32. Oh man, now I really want to visit Spain just for this festival!!

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  33. Wow,that sounds like a wonderful festival! I'm glad I got to read your Thursday Thirteen.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday!

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  34. Very interesting! Sounds fun! Have a great time :)

    Thanks for stopping by my TT too.

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  35. Wow! that's so cool!

    Have a safe trip and thanks for stopping by!

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  36. School is out and everything? Can we come? Will you be there and show us around? hehe

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  37. 1,000 sounds like a lot!

    Thanks for stopping by my TT. Happy Thursday!

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  38. I just love local festivals... wish I were there!

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  39. Ooh, that sounds like so much fun! Your 13 when you get back should be of pictures!

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  40. WOW..I love that dress!!! Sounds like a fun time!

    Happy Thursday!

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  41. I'd show up just for the fashion! thanks for sharing that with us!!

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  42. Sounds like a lot of fun. Have a safe trip and dance a little flamenco for me!
    Thanks for visiting me.

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  43. That's really interesting! I learned a lot.

    Have a great time when you go there!

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  44. The Feria of Abril looks like fun and how nice to be dressed in a flamingo dress

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  45. Great TT! Thank you for sharing.

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  46. I just wanted to let you know that I mentioned you in my TT today. :) In a good way of course, Happy Thursday!

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  47. Every time I visit your blog I get home-sick. I know I have said it before and I'll say it again - I MISS the European culture and the food *very heavy sigh*...Thank you for sharing all this information Mar :)
    If you ever visit AZ, please to look me up - okay?

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  48. This sounds like a really fun experience!! Hope you are able to take lots of pictures.

    Take care,
    Connie

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  49. Wow! Sounds awesome! Enjoy your trip!!! BTW...love the dress...cant like the dots!!! LOL!

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  50. I would love to visit the Seville fair!

    AC

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  51. what a cool TT! thanks for the "education" and a fun one at that!

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  52. Sounds like a great party...except for the bullfighting part. I hope you have a great time.

    My BIL went to Ocktober Fest in Germany last year...got drunk YAH! Interesting story about staying at a German Hostel.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Glad that you enjoyed the interview. Great to see you again!

    Okay it's not letting me log in here (no boxes!) so this is Renee from http://lillyput.blogspot.com

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  53. now it decides to give me a sign in box!

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  54. Oh, I want to go!!! Spain is on the top of my "want to visit" list. I really enjoyed reading this.

    thanks for coming by my blog.

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  55. Wow, this was really interesting and the tent looked great! I do love the Spanish dresses too...so beautiful.

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  57. ....it makes me want to be there. Thank you for sharing!

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