The 2020 starts with a celebration, the New Year’s and will continue like this, almost without pause, during the next twelve months We have thousands of celebrations in Galicia, so as a summary we show you the most important ones due to their status as tourist interest parties so that you can write them on your agenda.
The year 2020 starts how 2019 ended, with the Christmas celebrations, so if you have not yet seen the spectacular nativity scenes of Valga and Begonte, use the first days of the year to visit them. In addition, in Aldán, you can enjoy the ancestral dances of San Sebastián and in O Barco de Valdeorras, of the Festa do Botelo.
Flavours and tradition will coexist in the second month of the year. The carnival show its most original and fun face in places like Cobres (Vilalba), Laza, Verín, Vilariño de Conso, Xinzo de Limia, Maceda, Manzaneda and the banks of the Ulla river, while in Cuntis, Lalín, A Fonsagrada, Viana do Bolo and Arzúa will delight their palates with products such as lacón with grelos, galician stew, butelo, androlla and cheese, respectively. In addition, in Bembrive (Vigo) they will honor San Brais.
The echoes of history resonate strongly in Baiona with the Festa da Arribada and in Vigo, with its Reconquest. The galician broth, the sea urchin and the Filloas will reign in Mourente (Pontevedra), San Cibrao (Cervo) and Lestedo, while in Ferrol you will enjoy a feminine tribute with music: the Festa das Pepitas.
Holy Week will be lived with special intensity and devotion in many places of Galicia: Betanzos, Cangas, Ferrol, Lugo, Mondoñedo, Fisterra, Paradela, Santiago de Compostela and Viveiro. But this will not be the only celebration of April. In Arcade they will boast oysters, and in A Pontenova, As Neves, Sober, Arbo, Pedrafita do Cebreiro and Bueu will do the same with trout, cottage cheese and honey, Amandi wine, lamprey, cheese and corn (Millo Corvo). Also, in Camariñas they will show their most famous craftsmanship, the encaixe, and in Tui they will honor San Telmo.
May will be a month full of rich flavours: those that can be tasted in Oroso and Pontecaldelas, with their trout festivities, or in A Estrada, with that of salmon. In Redondela they will taste chocos; in Melide, melindres and Muimenta (Cospeito), pancakes, while in Ribadavia the reason to meet will be the Ribeiro wine and in Quiroga, with oil. In addition, ethnographic celebrations are present in Ourense, with Os Maios, and in Celanova with the Romería Raigame of Vilanova dos Infantes.
with summer about to start, the festive calendar will alternate religious and ethnographic celebrations. The first will be in Ponteareas, Bueu, Redondela and Ares (with the Corpus and its traditions), Malpica (Pilgrimage of Santo Hadrián) and Lugo (Offering to the Blessed Sacrament). The nographic celebrations will can be enjoyed in Mos (Festa da Rosa), Allariz (Festa do Boi), Bande (Festa do Peixe), Vila de Cruces (Festa do Galo de Curral), Monterrei (Xuntanza de Gaiteiros), Lugo (Arde Lucus), A Coruña (Fogueiras de San Xoán) and Ribadeo (Romaxe das Cruces).
Immersed already in summer the festive offer will multiply in July with proposals for the most varied tastes. Gastronomy will be the axis of the celebrations planned in Carnés-Vimianzo (with the “callos” of the Faguía), A Guarda (lobster), Paiosaco-A Laracha (cherries), Cea (bread), Corme-Ponteceso (barnacle of Roncudo), Cambados (scallop), Mugardos (octopus), O Rosal (wine), Celeiro-Viveiro (hake) and Moaña (carneiro al espeto). In Candaoso (Viveiro) and Sabucedo (A Estrada), they will be celebrated their famous “rapas das bestas” (horses haircut), while in Betanzos they celebrate the Festa Franca, in Bouzas (Vigo), their Blessed Christ of the Afflicted, in Lérez (Pontevedra) the San Benitiño; in As Pontes, the Romería da Fraga, and in Ribeira, the Festa da Dorna. In addition, Santiago de Compostela will concentrate the celebrations of the great day of Galicia with its Apostle Festivities, in Esteiro (Muros) the show will return with its carrilanas (craft cars), in Narón they will return to the past with their Oenach and in Ortigueira they will dance to the rhythm of the music of his Interceltic Festival.
The most festive month of the summer will once again display this condition with fifty events. Eminently gastronomic celebrations will not be missing: Burela (bonito), Oímbra, A Arnoia and Herbón-Padrón (peppers) Laro-Silleda (omelette), O Carballiño (octopus), A Cañiza (ham), Vilanova de Arousa (mussel and cockle), Carril-Vilagarcía (clam), Bandeira-Silleda (empanada), Cervo (queimada), Valga (eel), Salvaterra de Miño (Condado wine), Cambados (Albariño) and O Pino (piñeiro rooster). And there will also be celebrations of historical, religious and ethnographic origins: Ribadeo (Day of Bagpipe and Pilgrimage to Santa Cruz), San Cibrao-Cervo (Maruxaina), A Guarda (Festa do Monte), Seoane do Courel (Filandón de Musicas), Buño-Malpica (Mostra da Olería), Catoira (Romaría Vikinga), O Hío-Cangas (Danzas Ancestrais of San Roque), Foz (San Lourenzo), Vilagarcía, Betanzos and Sada (San Roque), Mondoñedo (Medieval), Meira (Festa da Malla), Chantada (Folión de Carros), Laxe (O Naufraxio), Ribadavia (Festa da Istoria), Soutelo de Montes-Forcarei (Festa do Gaiteiro), Viveiro (O Naseiro), Boiro (San Ramón de Bealo), Cabana (San Fins do Castro), Gutiriz (Festival of Pardiñas) and San Miguel de Reinante-Barreiros (Festival do Emigrante). Even the sport will be represented through the oars in the Descent International do Miño (Tui) and surf in the Galicia Classic Surf Pro (Pantín-Valdoviño).
The end of summer is coming, but the party continues. The events for September will be in Neda (bread), Darbo-Cangas (Dances Ancestrais), Pontevedra (Feira Franca), Taboada (Facades of Castelo), A Cañiza (Virxe da Franqueira), A Pobra do Caramiñal (Festa das Mortallas), Rianxo (A Guadalupe), Muxía (A Barca), Caión-A Laracha (Os Milagres), Muras (Festa do Potro), Rairiz de Veiga (A Saínza) and Marín (San Miguel).
Four celebrations will focus interest in October: The Festa da Faba de Lourenzá, the Festa do Marisco in O Grove, the San Froilán of Lugo and As San Lucas in Mondoñedo.
November is a time of mushrooms, chestnuts and magostos, and that is also perceived in the festive calendar with celebrations such as those that will take place in Ourense, Folgoso do Courel and Riós. In addition, in Moaña they will celebrate their San Martiño and in Monterroso, the Feira dos Santos.
And again at Christmas, we will have to say goodbye to 2020 as we started it: contemplating the spectacular nativity scenes of Valga and Begonte.