It was Dia de la Maza in Almoharin yesterday...as well as my father's 2 week wedding anniversary and since he is staying with us for his honeymoon... it was lovely to have a celebration laid on with no extra effort required other than turning up! To put you in the picture as regards my father's marital status. He will be 91 in July this year and 2 weeks ago he married Maggie his sweetheart who is a good 15 years younger than him. Congratulations to them both!
The fiesta begins as always here in Spain with a religious service. After the service St Anthony was brought out of the church accompanied by a guard of honour of Penitents and hunters dressed in our own National Costume (not the flamenco attire that you will be used to seeing in Andalucia).
St Anthony is processed around the village to shouts of Vive San Antonio and the firing of guns. Very loud... very colourful... and more than a little confusing. Bread rolls of a twisty shape were handed out and worn around the neck.... to be eaten later.
After the procession there is food (gazpacho & pork stew made with loads of smoky paprika) along with wine and tinto verano - all free... followed by music and dancing.
It's a good time to meet up with friends who have all been working hard on their finca's like us and could do with a break. Time to pick brains about planting times, the weather... unseasonably hot this year and in true farmer fashion whatever the weather... there will be something to lament! We left the festivities in full swing - you can only take so much of a good thing lol!
The Spanish will be dancing till dawn and we promise ourselves that one year we will too. With temperatures at 33C and the alcohol flowing the spirit was willing but the flesh was weak. A cup of tea and an afternoon siesta seemed to be much more appealing - and not just for our older visitors.