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May Cross Celebration

Every year in Cordoba, the May is packed with festivals highlighting the city’s cultural importance. It all starts with the so called May Cross Celebration, when people create large crosses made of or adorned by flowers. These crosses are brought to emblematic squares and other major places in town giving them an even more enchanting appearance. Originally a Christian tradition, the celebration has become a citywide folk festival.

The most beautiful crosses get awarded by the city council. So everyone who joins the May Cross contest is striving to creating the most beautiful cross. Nowadays, performances and presentations make the entire city be a single fairground. Visitors and locals may experience Andalusian folklore, including chants and folk dance.

The celebration comes from a Catholic custom. In ancient times, Cordobans used to decorate Christian crosses to praise them and to express their beliefs. In the course of time, the artistic aspect of this tradition got more and more important so that a profane tradition emerged.



Contest Goal

28 April - 2 May 2016

The purpose of the May Cross contest is the elaborate decoration of large crucifixes with flowers and other natural and traditional elements. Crosses are administered by brotherhoods, associations and other unions.


All activity begins April 28 at 1 pm.
May Crosses are open 12 noon - 5 pm and 8 pm - 2 am every day.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday May Crosses are open from 12 noon - 2 am with no interruption. Hoever there is no music between 5 pm and 8 pm.

# of May Crosses

Approx. 45


There are three categories:
- May Crosses in the old town
- May Crosses in modern neighborhoods
- - May Crosses in enclosed rooms, e.g. patios

Further Activity

The may Cross Fest is accompanied by the annual dancing school contest which is held on Tendillas Square.



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