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Santiago de Compostela: Fiestas and Folklore

Santiago is one of the most famous places of pilgrimage worldwide, so of course many of its traditional festivities are of religious character.

Semana Santa, Easterweek, is celebrated as in most major Spanish towns with impressive processions.

In May takes place the interesting Feria del Ganado, which lasts for 10 days. Apart of performances by folkloristic groups it is also a culinary festival, and you have a great opportunity to try all the specialities of the regional kitchen.

If you are in Santiago at the end of July, don't miss the Festival of the Apostle. On July, 24th takes place the "Fuego del Apostol", great fire-works in front of the Obradoiro-door of the cathedral. The next day, during mass, a huge incense font that is fixed to the ceiling of the cathedral with a rope is swung through all the nave.

In August and September takes place an important Festival of Classical Music with numerous concerts.

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