Carnival has a long tradition as it marks the beginning of fustage, the period of forty days before Easter during which Christians should not eat meat and abstain from other excesses, as the name tells: Carne levare (Latin) = abandon meat.
Additionally it was the only occasion on which people could express critics at the upper class, as under the masquerade there was only a fool.
During three days dance events and other festivities are celebrated that have changed as times passed to their actual form.
When general Francisco Franco governed in Spain carnival was forbidden, as there was a fear that subversives could hide under fancy dresses. Anyhow, people just changed the name to Winter festivities and continued as usual, without masquerades, that for sure.
Nowadays Carnival is a massive event with official acts as the election of the Carnival Queen.
Beautiful women in their colorful and huge dresses make it a difficult task for the jury to decide.
Murgas have taken over the fool’s part and present song criticizing politicians and also themes of daily life.
The liveliest part is presented by comparsas with their rhythm and harmony. Dancing in their colorful dresses they animate nights and days with Latin music, Samba, Merengue and or Salsa
Do not be afraid, the future is secured.
Endless nights among thousands of people, according to the Guinness Book of Records 260.000 have been counted on the dance floor of the square.
What a shame, There comes Ash-Wednesday.
The burning of the sardine, symbol of Carnival indicates the end of celebrations and black dressed widows cry out their grieve.
Don’t worry, be happy: next year’s Carnival is not far.