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January

1: Livestock fair at Betanzos.

6: Los Reyes Horseback procession of the Three Kings in Baiona.

<h3March

1: San Rosendo Celanova’s big festival, at the monastery.

Pre-Lent: Carnavales throughout the region.

April/May

Semana Santa (Holy Week) Celebrations include a symbolic descendimiento (descent from the Cross) at Viveiro on Good Friday and a Resurrection procession at Fisterra. On Palm Sunday, there are Stations of the Cross at Monte San Tecla, near A Guarda.

Sunday after Easter: Fiesta de Angula Elver festival at Tui.

Second Monday after Easter: Fiesta San Telmo At Tui.

Late April–early May (dates vary) Festival at Ribadavia celebrating and promoting Ribeiro wines.

May 1: Romería at Pontevedra marks the start of a month-long festival.

Last week: Vino de la Ribeira Sacra Festival at Monforte de Lemos.

July

First weekend: Rapa das Bestas The capture and breaking in of wild mountain horses at Viveiro.

11: Fiesta de San Benito At Pontevedra, with river processions, and folk groups, and a smaller romería at Cambados.

Second weekend: Medieval de Betanzos Three-day fair at Betanzos, reliving the town’s time under Andrade rule.

Second weekend: International Festival of the Celtic World Galicia’s most important music festival is held in Ortigueira (wfestivaldeortigueira.com); pipe bands from all the Celtic lands perform, alongside musicians from around the world, and every event is free.

16: Virgen del Carmen Sea processions at Muros and Corcubión.

24–25: St James (Sant Yago) Two days of celebration in many places, with processions of bigheads and gigantones on the 24th and spectacular parades with fireworks and bands through the following evening.

25: Santiago Galicia’s major fiesta, at its height in Santiago de Compostela. The evening before, there’s a fireworks display and symbolic burning of a cardboard effigy of the mosque at Córdoba. The festival – also designated “Galicia Day” – has become a nationalist event with traditional separatist marches and an extensive programme of political and cultural events for about a week on either side.

August

First Sunday Albariño wine festival at Cambados; bagpipe festival at Ribadeo; Virgen de la Roca observances outside Baiona; pimiento festival at Padrón; Navaja (razor shell) festival at Fisterra.

16: Fiesta de San Roque Festivals at all churches that bear his name: at Betanzos, there’s a Battle of the Flowers on the river and the launching of the Fiesta del Globo.

24: Fiesta (and bullfights) at Noia.

25: Fiesta de San Ginés At Sanxenxo.

September

6–10: Fiestas del Portal At Ribadavia.

14: Fiesta do Marisco Seafood festival at O Grove.

October

13: Fiesta de la Exaltación del Marisco At O Grove – literally, “A Celebration in Praise of Shellfish”.

November

11: Fiesta de San Martín At Bueu.

17: Magosto castaña Chestnut festival at Ourense.

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