Spanish “April Day”

  Seville, located in the southwest of Spain, is the capital of Andalusia Autonomous Region and the province of Seville. The city has a population of more than 700,000. The Guadalquivir River flows through the city. The streets in the city are wide, beautiful and beautiful. Clean, well-greened and with many historic sites, it is the fourth largest city in the country and an important economic, trade, tourism and cultural center in southern Spain.
  At the turn of spring and summer every year, the local famous traditional festival – “April Festival”, which originated in 1847, is also known as “April Market Week” or “April Fair”. It is the local annual livestock fair. Today, “April Market Week” has evolved from the original livestock market to the most famous folk festival and cultural event in Andalusia. Feasts and songs and dances have long replaced agricultural products and livestock as the main content of the market week.
  According to folk tradition, the “April Festival” kicks off in the local area two weeks after Holy Week every year. It was originally only 3 days, and it has been extended to 6 days since the middle of the 20th century.
  During the “April Festival”, in order to make it easier for people to celebrate the festival, local schools are closed, and many government agencies are also closed. In order to facilitate citizens and tourists, Seville opened a dedicated bus line during the festival to transport people from the city center to the location of the “April Festival”. Many locals also choose to walk or take a horse-drawn carriage. There are buses, taxis, and horse-drawn carriages running back and forth on the streets of the “Month Festival” rally, as well as groups of pedestrians dressed in festival costumes.
  Every year, tens of thousands of people come to Seville to participate in this April festival carnival. Everyone calls friends, sings and dances, watches bullfighting performances, and tastes special food.
  The “Festival of April” takes place in the Los Remedios district on the banks of the Guadalquivir River in the city of Seville. Every year before the “April Festival”, people build a large wooden arch here. When night falls, thousands of bulbs decorated on the arch will light up at the same time. Inside the arch is the place where the “April Festival” is held. . The arch will be demolished after the market closes that year. New ones will not be built until the next year before the market starts, so the arches with different styles each year have become a symbol of the “April Festival”.
  Entering the arch, Casertas (tents) decorated with lanterns are neatly arranged around the venue. Each Caserta is either holding a wine feast or crowded with singing and dancing people.
  It is said that there are usually thousands of Casertas at the “Festival of April”, where people spend the night drinking together, singing and dancing while tasting the traditional white wine of Manzanilla. These Casertas vary in size. Some cover an area of ​​hundreds of square meters with a special stage built inside, while others are only 50 to 60 square meters. They belong to local government agencies, political parties, associations, companies or families. Entering these tents during the festival requires a special invitation.
  There will also be some Caserta open to the public at the annual gathering, generally run by local bar operators, anyone is welcome to enter, with tables, chairs, bar counters, and waiters shuttled between them.
  People who take part in the “April Festival” all dress up in beautiful traditional clothes. In girls’ attire, the Seville-style floral dress is a must-have. This special style of long dress is derived from the flamenco dance dress. It is cut from brightly colored and brightly patterned fabrics. is made to measure. To match the color of the skirt, the girls will also wear a big flower on their heads.
  The liveliness of the “April Festival” is not limited to the tents, and the streets outside the tents are also full of joyful atmosphere. The Andalusia region where Seville is located is a hometown of music and dance. The locals are known for their ability to sing and dance. The enthusiastic flamenco dance and singing have added a lot of cultural atmosphere and festivity to the Seville during the festival. atmosphere.
  The time of the “April Festival” carriage procession is after noon every day, and the old-fashioned carriages are slowly driven through the main road in the market by tall horses wearing floral decorations. The horses pulling the carts are all equipped with sophisticated harnesses, with a string of small bells on their necks, and the carriages are mostly full of well-dressed Spanish beauties. It is an ancient local tradition to take a horse-drawn carriage ride on the “April Festival”. As the evening approaches, more and more horse-drawn carriages appear on the streets of the April Festival, and there will even be a long line of carriages at the end. The so-called “carriage parade” “That’s where it came from.
  In addition to the rumbling horse-drawn carriages, many men will join the parade on horse-drawn horses. Wearing round-brimmed felt hats, tight jackets, breeches, and shiny riding boots, they were dressed in the iconic traditional Spanish jockeying. Some riders also carried a young girl in a festive dress on the saddle.
  In addition to entertainment such as horse-drawn carriage rides and singing and dancing, Andalusia’s bullfighting season also kicks off with the April set. For many Sevilleans, bullfighting is an integral part of the “Festival of April” event.
  As one of the main festivals in Spain, the “April Festival” in Seville marks the beginning of the Spanish summer. In this carnival festival, people can feel the strong Spanish style. After the fiery carnival, the Seville people ended the celebration with a fireworks display and entered the scorching summer.

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