I’m sure everyone will have heard of or read about Spanish fiestas. They are huge street parties, with chiringuitos (temporary bars) set up in the streets, live music in the square and Spanish-style fast food available on demand. (When I say “fast food”, I mean, of course, chicken or prawns on skewers, char-grilled, for example)
Typically, a fiesta will last a few days, by the end of which the whole village collapses, exhausted.
Yunquera’s local fiesta (Romeria de Porticate) ends today. Despite the recession, everyone tries to join in to forget their troubles for awhile. And we joined in, too, despite the fact I had knee surgery a couple of weeks ago! You can’t let a little thing like surgery stop the fun, can you?
We made the rounds last night, stopping for a beer and a bite at a few of the chiringuitos. The food is always great, and the music loud! Amidst the revelers, you will always see families of all ages – older people taking granny out for the evening, young families with toddlers and babies in tow.
There are young adults enjoying a drink or three, too. And dancing in the streets to the music. But all take care of the little ones, who are usually also dancing around. There is no danger, no fighting, and everyone takes care of the little ones.
It’s a scene that I’ve not seen anywhere else that I’ve lived, and long may it continue.
I didn’t video this time round (see “knee surgery”, above!), but here are some scenes from last year. Enjoy!