Monday, October 10, 2016

Feria Del Rosario Fine Finery

After a summer of never being quite sure where I was when I woke up in the morning, I am finally a little less confused.

We're beginning to settle back into some sort of routine, getting used to the fact that daily emails and weekly Skypes with The Dowager Duchess are no longer a part of it.

One thing that makes it clear we're back in Spain is the fact that, within two weeks of our return, there's another fair in town.

This is the Annual Fiesta del Rosario, which commemorates the 1571 victory of a coalition of European Catholic maritime states (mostly financed by the Spanish Empire) in a major naval battle against the Ottoman Empire.

I have a feeling most contemporary celebrants have no idea. It's just another excuse to get decked out. ride your horse to Fuengirola's fairgrounds ... and dance.

(Lots of photos. No captions. Click to enlarge and imagine your own stories.)

















OK, ONE CAPTION: THIS MADE ME THINK OF THE SONG "TRADITION" IN "FIDDLER ON THE ROOF."
"OF COURSE, THERE WAS THE TIME WHEN HE SOLD HIM A HORSE BUT DELIVERED A MULE."

16 comments:

  1. Lovely! I had pictured it this way all the time!! What a crazy fun time for you and sweet Jerry! Dance!!! The tiny girl at the top is my favorite... Love to you both...

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    1. Elaine:
      I never tire of this. Seeing a feria n Sevilla for the first time several years ago was amazing.

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  2. I am appreciating how these festivals/fairs can really lift one's spirits.....the colour, costumes and gaiety is just what was needed to get you both back on track.
    You truly do live in a wonderful country, Mitchell.

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    1. Jim:
      And to think this is only one of three major events like this in Fuengirola. The nighttime fair is really fun to see but the noise (the music from the rides and the casetas is deafening) is off-putting for us. Daytime is great.

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  3. I am not a horse person, but even I can see that those are beautiful horses (and equine relatives). Everyone looks fabulous! Welcome home.

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    1. Wilma:
      I love horses but am also not a horse person. These are magnificent.

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  4. First: Ditto everything Elaine, Jim, and Wilma said :)
    Second: What beautiful people! And horses! And places!
    Third: Is it normal to see so many blondes?
    Fourth: What phrase do they use in your part of the Spanish-speaking world for blondes? Rubios/as? My friends who've lived in Mexico say that's not used much there, as güero/a is more common.
    Fifth: How much are the furrballs loving having you two home!?
    Sixth (geeze, if I had realized I had this much to say, I wouldn't have numbered it LOL): I feel you on the lack of emails and skype. My mom's estate sale auction is tomorrow and I'm having a hard time having it not break my heart.
    Judy

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    1. Judy:
      Plenty of blondes here. Spaniards (many from the South but even more I think originating in Northern Spain), plus lots of people originating in other countries and now living here. You've got the most-used term right as "rubio/a." Dudo and Moose are in heaven and have been so unbelievably sweet. They love us both but Moose tends to shadow Jerry and Dudo tends to shadow me. We sure did miss them! Sorry I didn't see your comment until after the estate sale. My heart is with you. I hope it wasn't too difficult for you and your family and I especially hope that you are soon filled with joy and sweet memories when you think of your mother.

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  5. looks like fun; such a rainbow of color! how are moose and dudo?

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    1. anne marie:
      Moose and Dudo are a joy. We spend most of our indoor time in their company or being followed by them. So this is love! I promise (threaten?) to share new photos and stories soon of our boys!

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  6. Another day, another festival! I'd love that!

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    1. Bob:
      It's a great uplift. I spent the day with great friends and spent a lot of time smiling. Today is Andalusia Day. Then things get back to "normal" until the next fiesta!

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  7. Well I'll be blowed! Any excuse to dress up and party! (And why not?)

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    1. Ray:
      It really does help one's mood. And the permanent buildings at the fairgrounds all got facelifts this year. Even more festive and colorful.

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  8. whatever happened to the Ottomans?

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    1. Spo:
      The Republic of Turkey did away with the Ottoman Caliphate after WWI. Since then, they've been relegated to making those upholstered foot stools.

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