As every year in February we get ready to celebrate Carnival. There are several Carnivals in the Valencian Community that mix tradition with modernity in an original way. Our Spanish school El Rincón del Tándem talks about the most famous ones in this blog 😉

Today we talk about Carnivals in the Valencian Community.

The Carnival is the main festivity in February. Its celebration takes place every year in Valencia as well as in other towns of the region.

This festivity offers us the great chance to get to know ancient traditions, their modern interpretation and even cultures from all over the worlds.

So, let’s see where and when to go to celebrate Carnival 2020.

Carnaval de Russafa 2020

To begin with, let’s talk about Russafa Carnival. This festival is known for being the intercultural Carnival of Valencia.

Promoted by Russafa Cultura Viva initiative, the Russafa Carnival celebrates the cultural diversity of our city, promoting values like equality, solidarity and social rights.

As the motto “X Diversity and X Memory” says, this Carnival combines the historical roots of the festival with the cultural traditions of the immigrant communities that live in Valencia.

The multicultural parade will be composed of 60 immigrant cultural associations, Valencian musical bands and social movements.

The parade will take place this Saturday, February 15, in Russafa neighbourhood. It will start in Calle Filipinas at 5 p.m. and will end in Calle Pintor Gisbert.

A beautiful show of colours, dances and music that will fill you with wonder 🙂

Carnival in Villar del Arzobispo

This Autonomic Festival of Tourist Interest will be celebrated this year in Villar del Arzobispo (52 km from Valencia) from February 20 to 23.

During the three-day celebration, we will attend very different activities and peculiar traditions.

The most original is undoubtedly the wake and burial of the morca (morcilla). A copy of the black pudding made with wood and cardboard that represents a key element of this Carnival.

Besides that, we highlight the parade of botargas. That is, a parade of people in homemade costumes that formerly used to go out in the street to frighten passers-by.

Lastly, there will be a murga competition, a fair, music and lots of fun 🙂
Click here for full program.

Carnival in Pego

This town of the province of Alicante celebrates its long Carnival as every year.

The celebrations begin this Thursday, February 13, with the inauguration of the exhibition “Carnivals in images” and will continue until the 29th.

Throughout this long festival, we find all kinds of events: parades, costume workshop, children carnivals, the visit of the Witch and the Carnival King, the Sardine Burial, etc.

Among the activities of this rich program, it is worth noting the traditional Bajada del Río Bullent (February 15). A race down the river to which only homemade boats without motor and made by the contestants themselves can participate.

In addition, this year the Festival of Performing Arts will be introduced in the program as a novelty.

Finally, you find here the complete program of the carnival.

Carnival in Vinaròs

This town (province of Castellón) has a long carnival tradition.

This Carnival has been declared an Autonomic Festival of Tourist Interest and will be celebrated until February 24.

In the program we find the Grand Gala of the queens and kings of the Carnival, costume race, dances, karaoke and other peculiar initiatives such as the disguised mascots contest or the afternoon party in pyjamas.

We suggest you all to take a look at the program to attend the event that you like the most.

Finally, we highlight that, besides the ones we have mentioned, other towns also celebrate their Carnival. Among them, Torrevieja (Alicante), Requena (Valencia) and Ayora (Valencia). The latter is famous for the burial of the sardine and its peculiar dances.

We wish this blog about Carnivals in the Valencian Community will encourage you to join these celebrations.

From our Spanish school El Rincón del Tándem we invite you to take advantage of local festivals to get to know the cultures of our land.

And of course, to practice Spanish outside the classroom 🙂

Happy Carnival!