Sail the Iberian Peninsula - 2019

MURCIA

This city is the “twin” city to Cartagena in that it is the site of the administrative half of the provincial government. Actually it is the lovelier of the two and especially during our visit because of the Easter (Spring) carnival that began on Good Friday. The Spring Festival We were lucky enough to be in Murcia on the first day of the 7-day Spring Festival (a revival of old folk custom to celebrate the renewal of life and propitiation of the gods to insure a bountiful growing season for olives and all other crops grown in the area. In this celebration, the city is bedecked with colorful and beautiful flowers everywhere—government and public buildings and entrances, city parks, commercial businesses, streets, and private homes.

The city, even though the skies over our heads were overcast and threatening rain, was ablaze with color and buzzing with happy people. What an outstanding way to celebrate Mother Nature and her bounty as well as the Easter Season! Our guide told us that as the week progressed, there would be singing and dancing in the streets and very little work would go on.

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