Cross’ day

The arrival of May means an eruption of colour and life in Granada.

The second and third day of May is celebrated the Cross’ day in the city. Those days you can see in many streets of Granada altars to the crosses, manila shawls, a lot of flowers and colouring.

People construct little altars with a cross, being decorated with flowers, manila shawls, ceramic pots, copper saucepans and a “pero” (an apple) with a scissors sticked. Apple in Spanish has a male form translated as “pero”, which has the same translation that but in English. So, the apple with the scissors sticked is used to say people not to raise objections to the cross.

That day you will discover what the “chavicos” are as well and you could taste the broad bean with “saladilla”. You can find the beautiful crosses through the whole city, all of them competing to win the awards to the most beautiful crosses of the year in three different categories: courtyards, schools and store windows.

Would you like to arrange to meet to see the crosses?

In my next post I will tell you about the Corpus of Granada.

Best wishes.

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