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Seville Fair

Seville Fair

The fair generally begins two weeks after the ‘Semana Santa’ or Easter Holy Week. The fair officially begins at midnight on Monday, with the light up of the ‘portada’ (main entrance). It runs for six days, ending on the following Sunday at midnight with a spectacular firework display over the Guadadalquivir River. The fairgrounds are covered in rows of ‘casetas’. Caetas are individual decorated marquee tents which are temporarily built on the fairground. These usually belong to religious brotherhoods of Seville, clubs, trade associations and political parties. Every night from around nine until six or seven the following morning, there are crowds partying and dancing ‘sevillanas’. The evening includes typical folk music and dance of Seville, drinking Sherry, manzanilla or rebujito, and eating tapas. The fair also has an amusement park that offers lots of games to play along with roller coasters to ride.

The Fair dates back to 1847 when it was originally organized as a livestock and agriculture fair.

It evolved over the years and became a tradition. Eventually, the livestock stalls phased out. The festival began to turn more and more into an occasion to eat, drink, dance, and to socialise with friends and family. In 1973 the event moved venue to its current location opposite the Parque de María Luisa in Barrio de los Remedios. Nowadays, it is full of polka-dot dresses swirling and lively music.

In Spanish the Monday night is known as ‘La Noche del Pescaíto’ which is ‘Fish Night’. It simply refers to the traditional fish dinner. After dinner people head for the ‘Portada’ which is the beautiful structure at the entrance to the Feria. Thousands of lights are switched on at midnight. Then it’s time to head for the ‘caseta’ and start the party with some Fino Sherry or Rebujito.

There are more than 1000 of these ‘casetas’ in the fairground. From early afternoon, the drinking, eating tapas and music starts. However, these ‘casetas’ are privately owned so unless you meet a member of one of them who invites you along you won’t be able to go into them.

 

FERIA DE SEVILLA

La feria suele comenzar dos semanas después de la Semana Santa. Empieza oficialmente la medianoche del lunes, con alumbrao de la portada. Dura seis días hasta el siguiente domingo a medianoche y culmina con un impresionante espectáculo de fuegos artificiales sobre el río Guadalquivir. El recinto ferial se cubre de casetas. Éstas suelen pertenecer a hermandades religiosas de Sevilla, clubes, asociaciones de comercio y partidos políticos. Cada noche desde aproximadamente las nueve hasta las seis o siete del día siguiente, puedes encontrar grupos de gente festejando y bailando sevillanas, bebiendo vino de Jerez, manzanilla o rebujito, y comiendo tapas. La feria también tiene un parque de atracciones que ofrece un gran número de juegos y atracciones de feria en las que montarse.

La feria se remonta al 1847, cuando se organizó originalmente como una feria de ganado y agricultura.

Fue evolucionando hasta convertirse en una tradición. Más tarde el ganado se dejó de lado y el festival se fue transformando en una ocasión para comer, beber, bailar y pasar divertirse con amigos y familia. En 1973 se trasladó a su ubicación actual enfrente del parque María Luisa en el barrio de Los Remedios. Actualmente, está llena de vestidos de flamenca y música alegre.

La noche del lunes conoce como “noche del pescaíto”. Se refiere a la tradición de comer este plato para cenar. Después de la cena la gente se dirige a la portada, donde miles de luces se encienden a media noche y dan comiendo a la feria. Entonces es hora de ir a las casetas y comenzar la fiesta con vino de Jerez o rebujito.

Hay más de 1.000 casetas en el recinto ferial. Desde temprano en la tarde la gente bebe y come tapas, y la música empieza. Sin embargo, estas casetas son privadas por lo que a menos que conozcas a algún miembro o alguien te invite, no podrás entrar.

 

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About Julia Graham

I have a BA in French from Swansea University and spent a year in Toulouse studying at the Université de Toulouse. It’s no surprise that I also love languages! I also speak Welsh as my second language ? I am considered the office organiser as I love to keep things just so and I am also considered to be very much a perfectionist – I fit right in with my fellow language geeks. Every day is fascinating and I love working as part of our team, we are well known for being friendly and of course, we know what we are talking about.

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