One of the most traditional festivals in Madrid in honor of San Lorenzo
The Fiestas de San Lorenzo in Lavapiés will be held on August 10, 2011, in the most traditional neighborhood of the Spanish capital of Madrid. The festival is held on this day every year and is usually celebrated for a week. This year the festival will be held from August 9-15, with the main festivities on August 10. The festival is held in the honor of San Lorenzo, patron of the city, and is celebrated by the people of Madrid with much fanfare. If you want to experience the spirit of the people of Madrid and the Spanish traditions and culture, then this is the best time for you to book airline tickets and travel by cheap flights to Madrid to take part in the festival. Taking part in the festivities will be a real fun-filled experience.
In fact, there is a history behind the celebration of the Fiestas de San Lorenzo. The traditional neighborhood of Lavapiés in Madrid had Jews living for many centuries. It is here that the Church of San Lorenzo is now located, where once the ancient synagogue of Lavapiés used to stand. San Lorenzo, in whose memory the Church is built, was one of the seven deacons of Rome. He was arrested by the Pope in 257, who demanded that the treasures of the Church be brought before him. However, a few days later San Lorenzo presented before the Pope a number of poor, lame and helpless people saying that they were the treasures of the Church. This enraged the Pope and San Lorenzo was finally executed. To celebrate martyrdom and commemorate his death the Fiestas de San Lorenzo in Lavapiés is held every year in Madrid. People from many countries seek the best airline discount on their air tickets and take the earliest Madrid flights to take part in this week-long festival every year. It’s a great spectacle to witness a huge procession starting from the Church of San Lorenzo, traversing through the streets of Lavapiés, which is usually accompanied by music of a symphonic band.
This beautiful Spanish capital can be reached easily from many parts of the world with several international airlines operating direct, nonstop flights to Madrid. If you are traveling from the US, direct cheap flights to Madrid are available from New York, Chicago, Washington DC and Boston. You can take Madrid flights on United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Aeromexico, KLM or Iberia. Immerse yourself in all the joys by participating in various events at the festival. It’s a gala time for children with numerous games, competitions and shows. Besides, various concerts and dance shows promise you hilarious moments during the festival.