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GRANADA AND ITS CORPUS FAIR 2024

We are already celebrating the most awaited week for the people of Granada, the Corpus Fair! If you are from, or are in Granada, you have an obligatory stop from this Saturday 26th of May until the 2nd of June at the fairgrounds located in the neighbourhood of Almanjáyar, in the area of Granada Norte.

At the ‘Corpus’, as the locals call it, you can stroll through streets full of colourfully decorated and typically Andalusian stalls full of festive atmosphere. And, as in any self-respecting Andalusian fair, you can enjoy and dance sevillanas and flamenco music, drink rebujito and taste a little bit of our gastronomy. Furthermore, at the Corpus Fair in Granada, unlike other fairs such as the one in Seville, many of the 65 casetas are open to the public, which means that inside the casetas, both locals and visitors can experience the living culture of Andalusia, without having to depend on the invitation or tickets of the casetas’ members.

However, in Granada this festivity is not only limited to a fairground with casetas and attractions, far from it, the corpus involves a lot of history and tradition in Granada. The Corpus Fair dates back to the 16th century, when it was established by Archbishop Hernando de Talavera, the first archbishop of Granada after the Reconquest. The celebration arose with the aim of extolling the religious festivity of Corpus Christi, which commemorates the Eucharist in the Catholic liturgy. Since its beginnings, the fair has evolved, but it has always maintained its religious and popular essence.

The big day is undoubtedly the Thursday of Corpus Christi. On that day a solemn procession takes place through the streets of the historic centre of Granada. The procession, led by the Silver Monstrance, an impressive piece of 16th century gold and silver work, goes through the city accompanied by the authorities, brotherhoods and a multitude of the faithful.

Another outstanding event is the parade of the Tarasca, which takes place on the Wednesday before Corpus Christi. The Tarasca is a mythical figure representing a woman on a dragon. Each year a dressmaker from Granada, chosen by the city council, chooses the clothes to be worn by the mannequin. Tradition dictates that what the mannequin wears must be in keeping with the fashion trends of the year, which adds a touch of humour and modernity to the tradition.

The Fair culminates with a great fireworks display on the last day, Saturday 2 June. It is the perfect finale to this celebration that perfectly combines religious tradition with popular festivities. We leave you here the link to the map of the 2024 site to facilitate your mobility around the area. Definitive map of the Granada Corpus Christi stalls: 52 traditional and 13 institutional.

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