Culture and traditions

Customs – Cantabria

The customs Y traditional holidays from Cantabria They are as varied as their geography. A multitude of patron celebrations, fairs of commercial origin and festivities of pagan origin are celebrated with greater or lesser survival of traditional folklore

The second Sunday of August is celebrated in Cabezón de la Sal the Cantabria Day, on the occasion of which many traditional activities such as bowling, ox trawling, craft markets and representation of dances Y music Cantabrian It is also considered of National Tourist Interest.

Regarding fairs, understood as large markets for periodically held products, the Cattle Fair of Torrelavega held in the National Cattle MarketJesús Collado Soto”The third largest of Spain, which brings together the sale of all types of livestock in the region and part of the surrounding regions, the main product being beef. All over the region are celebrated livestock fairs and of typical products weekly, monthly or annually that congregate the neighbors of the region.

As soon as dances, highlight the Dance of Ibio (warrior dance); the dance of Count Lara’s Romance (of courtly air), the dance of the arches (more country character), the dance of the spears in Ruiloba and those of Pericot and the Trepeletré de Liébana. In music the characteristic mountain tune stands out with the voice alone or accompanied by bagpipes, the rounds, the biting couplets accompanied by the rabel and the tambourines.

The holidays are also an occasion for the competitions of some local sports, such as the regattas of trawlers, the game of bowling, drag competitions of pairs of oxen or cows. But the most frequent and popular form of celebration is the pilgrimage, understood as dancing and outdoor snack, in which there is no lack of the orchestra, or the candy stalls, as well as the street bar and the churros stand.

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