Discover the origins and characteristics of the Carnival of Malaga, one of Spain ‘s most popular festivals.
Christian Lent is approaching and like every year between February and March in the Spanish cities, especially in Andalusia, everyone is preparing themselves for the great feast of Carnival, a festival of international touristic interest in which all citizens sing, dress and paint their faces.
This great festival has its origins in the sixteenth century, in the “fiesta del obispillo”, in which the naughty children of the Cathedral choir overtook, disguised and in a parodic way, the functions of the cleric for one day. Thousands of Malagueños, disguised with masks, attended this event and filled the Cathedral. Currently, from 7th February to 15th February, parades, floats, paella, contests between music groups and many people fill the streets of the capital of Malaga.
If you should decide to participate, we suggest you to attend a Spanish intensive course for a deeper insight into the carnivalesque vocabulary and in order to learn about the different components of this festival, which aren´t only a few.
For example there are 4 types of musical groups: chirigota, comparsa, coro and cuarteto. The members are usually men and they use instruments such as boxes, drums, guitar, mandolin and lute. The lyrics are humorous, sarcastic and often peppered with political connotations.
That means, to understand and enjoy the carnival, you would first have to immerse yourself in the Spanish culture and language with help of a Spanish course.
Even if your Spanish is rudimentary (Level A-1), you can always attend the free gastronomical sampling demonstrations organized by the Ayuntamiento de Malaga: Picoteo Carnavalesco, Berza Carnavalesca (Cabbage dish), Arroz Carnavalesco (Rice dish), Paella Carnavalesca, Fideos Capuchineros (Noodle dish), y Potaje Perchelero (Stew).
And if you want to escape the crowds, you always have the possibility to take a walk on the “paseo maritimo de Pedregalejo” and to eat sardines on a skewer, a typical dish here in Malaga.
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