San Isidro Festivity in Madrid
The San Isidro festivity, patron of Madrid, is the main celebration of the city.
It takes place between the 14th and 20th of May and the city appears to have returned to the nineteenth century. The Chulapas and Chulapos (Madridians dressed in typical costume) fill the streets, as well as vendors of wafers (typical sweets).
The most traditional custom is seen as the couples dance the schottische (typical Madridian dance) in the many festivals that flood Madrid. It is also a tradition to go on a pilgrimage to the shrine of San Isidro, located in the San Isidro Park, where the pilgrims eat cocido (spanish stew) and drink from the fountain of the saint, which is said to have healing powers.
During the holidays, every evening a bullfight is celebrated in the Plaza de Las Ventas. This is one of the most famous acts in the world of bullfighting because the leading figures of the profession are in attendance.