It’s the Sunday morning after Feria and all of Sevilla is sleeping in. After a week full of sevillana dancing and rebujito drinking, today is the day of rest.
Feria is a week-long celebration following Semana Santa. It begins about two weeks after the Easter holiday and lasts until the following Sunday. Throughout the week you’ll encounter horse-drawn carriages and crowds dressed in timeless attire. Men wear a typical traje corto or cut jacket with dress pants. Everyone dresses in their Sunday best but it’s the women who steal the show in their colorful traje de gitana.
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Although Feria is located in a large fairground, the real Feria takes place inside the casetas, or small marquees, that line the avenue. The casetas are full of people drinking rebujitos (a mix of sherry and 7-up) and dancing sevillanas. Most casetas are private and you must have an invite to enter but there are a few public casetas where everyone can get the full Feria experience. Be prepared to stay up late ! Most casetas keep going until 6 or 7 in the morning.
If you are a visitor and just coming for a day or two, you can wear the traditional feria attire or get away with dressing smart casual. This year a friend of mine lent me a traje de gitana. It was a beautiful royal purple with ruffled sleeves at the shoulders. I also wore a typical floral headpiece and black heeled boots.
For me, Feria was also a celebration of renewing my teaching contract with my school (I am currently teaching through the Cultural Ambassadors Program or Auxiliares de Conversacion). This year I have been teaching in La Algaba, a pueblo north of Sevilla. My students and colleagues have made my experience and I’m looking forward to spending another year with them.😊