Corpus Christi is the biggest party in Granada. Every year it begins on Saturday at twelve o’clock with the alumbrao, lighting of thousands of bulbs, and ends the following Saturday with a spectacle of fireworks.
This tradition is 500 hundred years old. They is part of the happiest traditions that preserved the city and it has always played a role in breaking the routine for the habitants of Granada, promoting networking and entertainment.
During the Corpus a full range of cultural events, among which the bullfighting, share time with ornate booths and funfair equipment.
The Corpus fair is usually held in June but does not have a specific date. The start of Corpus is to have 60 days from Easter Monday, the first Monday after Easter Sunday. The calculation will result in the Thursday of Corpus Christi, the big day this week.The fair atmosphere can be enjoyed both day and night. On your visit you will see the elegant carriages loaded with people dressed in typical costumes and flamenco atmosphere.
During the week of the fair the main 2 processions cross the main streets of the city:
- Every Wednesday fair, mid-morning, the Tarasca, a mannequin who wears clothes that will be fashionable in the following season, walks around town astride a fiery dragon that seems to be surrendered at his feet.
- Granada’s largest festival is organized around Thursday, appearance of Corpus Christi. On that day the whole town goes to the streets to watch the procession of the Blessed Sacrament.
On Sunday of the following week there is a small procession around the cathedral, called the Eighth of the Corpus.