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This festival in Madrid, in honor of his patron, has its origins in the cult of the saint and the belief in miracles. Two of the most famous miracles of San Isidro Labrador is closely related to the holiday. One has that for a year particularly bad drought, the saint slammed into the ground with his spade, and from there flowed a stream on which they built the chapel of San Isidro. The other says that water from this source came to Felipe III to cure a serious illness, so during the holidays is common to drink water from this source with the hope of being cured.

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San Isidro de Madrid is one of the most famous saints in Spain. The 'Fiesta de San Isidro de Madrid' is celebrated in Madrid every year between 14 to 20 May. At this time the Gan Via returns to the nineteenth century with various parades and celebrations. This picture shows some of the celebrations near to Plaza de España.

During the Feast of San Isidro, people revive old traditions with classical 'castizos' costumes and food like the Madrid Stew. The festival has become a major tourist attraction, with people drawn here to take part and observe. Highlights of the Feast of San Isidro include:

  • Attire: Chulapas popularly known as the traditional dress for men are black pants, a gray plaid jacket, hat boxes and also white handkerchief knotted around his neck. For its part, the woman dressed in a ruffled dress, headscarf, red carnation adorning and shawl.
  • Chotis: these days, the most traditional is that couples dressed in traditional costume, dance, folk festivals chotis in the city. Although this type of music has its origins in Bohemia, in the nineteenth century succeeded in Spain and especially in Madrid that has become a key element of its popular Fiesta de San Isidro.
  • Pilgrimages: pilgrimages are traditionally drawn carriage to a hermitage dedicated to the patron of the town, so during the Feast of San Isidro, Madrid residents make their own pilgrimage to the hermitage of San Isidro, where they eat and drink from the cooked source of the saint, which is said to have healing powers.
  • Live music: they are very popular during the holidays of San Isidro. It is held at night and if there is dancing, and drinks, recreating the traditional setting of nineteenth-century Madrid. Of all the festivals of Madrid, the most famous is the Verbena de la Paloma.
  • San Isidro Bullfighting Fair: During the holidays, every evening is celebrated in the popular Plaza de las Ventas a bullfight. It is the most celebrated event in the bullfighting world and is also where the most prominent figures attending the profession.


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