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May Cross Celebration 2020

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 (Fiesta de las Cruces), 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.

Info

 

Date

 

30 April - 3 May 2020

Hours

Opening on 30 April at 12 noon.

On Thursday, 30 April and Friday, 1 May, there is activity between 12 noon and 2 AM of the following day. No music between 5 pm and 8 pm.

On Saturday, 2 May, Crosses are open from 12 noon until 2 AM without any interruption.

On Sundday, 3 May, Crosses are open from 12 noon until 7 PM without any interruption.

On 3 May, all activity will end at 7 pm.

Location

Various locations throughout the city

Admission

Free

Contest goal

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.

Categories

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

Winners

See the 2019 contest winners on our Spanish page

Image gallery

See a 2019 image gallery on our Spanish page

Further activity

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

 

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