The Feasts of San Isidro

Fiestas San Isidro 2019

The Feasts of San Isidro arrive in Madrid

During the month of May, Madrid becomes the most festive capital with celebrations in honor of its patron, San Isidro Labrador.

This saint is credited with hundreds of miracles and gifts, such as being able to find water easily. Therefore, the parties revolve around water; As you can see if you enjoy the pilgrimage that takes place in the meadow of San Isidro; in which the chulapos and chulapas drink “holy water” that springs from a spring next to the hermitage of San Isidro.

The parties begin with the parade of giants and big heads that runs through the center of the city. After the proclamation is celebrated in the plaza of the town; followed by zarzuela and popular music.

Many areas of Madrid, such as the Plaza Mayor or the Templo de Debod; they host activities and concerts, for all tastes and ages.

In addition, different bullfights are celebrated, being an essential appointment for lovers of bullfighting. Formerly, some were prepared throughout the month, but in 1947 Livino Stuyck created the Feria de Madrid fertilizer, unifying them around the fiestas of San Isidro. Initially there were 5 celebrations that little by little were increasing, up to more than 30 rejones, bullfights and bullfights that we can enjoy today. Undoubtedly, it has become one of the most important bullfighting fairs worldwide, bringing together the best bullfighters with young promises.

And we can not forget the typical cuisine of San Isidro. One of the traditions that Madridians like the most is to have a lemonade with donuts in the prairies of San Isidro. But not any donut, the donuts chosen should be: ready, silly, French or Santa Clara. And the lemonade is not any lemonade either, it is a mixture of wine, sugar, lemon and chopped fruit.

And you, how do you celebrate San Isidro? Concerts, parades, dances, bullfights… don’t miss any plans!