There’s something about the word carnival that inspires at least a little excitement in anyone with a sense of adventure. If you have a sense of adventure, the Malaga province is already in your travel history – or at least on your radar.
If you’re looking for a winter break, February is a good time to get away from the colder climates. Although February isn’t baking hot here on the Costa del Sol, so much is happening here that we would wager this: if you visit, it won’t be long before you’re looking for a new Costa del Sol property to call your own.
That much you may not know until you arrive, but we think Malaga Carnival 2018 is as good a piece of inspiration as any. Let us tell you a little bit about it:
The history of Malaga Carnival
The carnival is a celebration that originally started with the Pagans back in the middle ages. In the sixteenth century, this celebration was a little different; some might say that it was questionable, even. The wittiest choirboy would be hand picked by the clergy of Malaga Cathedral. They would then dress him up like a bishop and instigate a procession in which religious ceremonies would be imitated.
This would happen with thousands of local people watching from behind masks. Within fifty years the event was dropped, as it didn’t go down too well with the masses. However, by the middle of the eighteenth century, the working class folks reinitiated it. The previous attire had consisted of darker clothing, but at this point it was replaced with more colourful garments.
Just before the nineteenth century, a satirical performance would take place honoring the God Bacchus, as well as Spain’s king. From then onward, the face of the carnival kept changing, until the dictatorship began. At that point it again became defunct, but once the country emerged from this reign in 1979, the carnival was revived for the final time.
What you can expect from Malaga Carnival
Today’s carnival contains influences from a diverse array of ancient cultures; all of these influences come together to make for an awesome atmosphere, whatever the year. Spain’s way of celebrating generally consists of all kinds of fun events, such as costume parties, huge street parades, and contests. It’s a musical affair at which you’ll hear plenty of chirigotas (popular Spanish folk songs).
Today the Malaga Carnival is an incredibly popular event with much cultural significance. Its reach currently goes far beyond Spain, but Spain is the place to be if you want to experience it in its indigenous setting. Here the party starts on a Thursday and goes on for a maximum of six eventful days.
There are many contests throughout the carnival, including drag queen contests, competitions of the Gods, kids contests and group parades. The competition names are Dios Momo, Diosa del Carnaval, Príncipe, Princesa, Dios Momo infantil, and Diosa infantile, if you want to look into them online. Before the start of the carnival, it is necessary for judges to register for the competitions.
The Malaga Carnival schedule
The carnival starts before Easter, just before the Christian Lent. This means that the date varies each year, but it happens between February and March. In 2018, the dates and schedule are as follows:
- February 3rd: Start of the Carnival / Election of the Carnival God and Goddess
- February 4th: Huge parade in the centre of Malaga
- February 5th to 8th: A multitude of exciting street performances
- February 9th: Finale and election of winners
- February 10th: Contest of Spain’s most flamboyant drag queens – a sight not to be missed
- February 11th: A big day full of street parades, costume competitions, and election of ‘Miss’ and ‘Mister’ of the carnival. This is the closing and also features the entierro del boquerón (burial of the anchovy)
If this schedule appeals to you as much as it does to the hundreds of thousands of others who attend each year, then put it in your diary now. Just a little reminder: a visit to Malaga Carnival is also an excellent opportunity for a holiday – one in which you can scope out the many properties for sale in the Malaga province.
Paradise Marbella has a team of incredibly knowledgeable property experts who know everything there is to know about this region of Spain. We are happy to talk to you about all the other attractions the Costa del Sol can offer you, and of course we are ready and waiting to help you find your dream home when the time is right. Call us anytime for a chat.