Festivals of the Alpujarra in Granada - Traditional Celebrations and Fiestas
Chestnut Festivals: the 'Mauraca'
In many villages in the Alpujarra a Chestnut Festival is held on Halloween night or the first days of November.
This fiesta is called "castañada" or "mauraca". During the fiesta a big amount of chestnuts are roasted and shared with everybody together with a typical liquor named “anis” and other drinks. This takes place in the village's main square .
Everybody is invited, locals and visitors, to celebrate All Saints Day. This date is a public holiday in Spain and there is usually a long Bank Holiday weekend.
This tradition dates back centuries, when villagers celebrated the beginning of Autumn collecting chestnuts and roasting them together. There are plenty of ancient chestnut trees in this area of Granada, dating back to Roman times.
Other Traditions in the AlpujarraAmong the traditions that have survived in the Alpujarras are several festivals, most notably those of the Moors and Christians, symbolic representations of the clashes that took place between them in the sixteenth century.
Holidays in The AlpujarrasAs for music, a mention should be made of the troubadours. The trovo improvisation is organized into stanzas of songs that occur as singers answer one another.
On the other hand, held annually since 1982, is the Traditional Music Festival in the Alpujarra, on the second Sunday in August, which has helped to preserve the traditional folklore of this land.