Feb 212012

Dia de la Cruz (The Day of the Cross), also known as The Fiesta de las Cruces (“Festival of the Crosses”) or Cruz de Mayo (“May Cross”), this holiday is celebrated on May 3rd in many parts of Spain and Hispanic America.

This celebration has its roots in the search by the Byzantine Empress Saint Helena for the cross on which Jesus died [1] and in a pagan ritual to celebrate the end of winter.

Dia de la Cruz is celebrated by decorating crosses with fresh flowers and shells. The crosses also adorn a symbolic pair of open scissors and many include a half-smoked cigar, a chair, a glass of sherry, and an apple. People dress in flamenco and gypsy clothing. Everyone partakes in drinking and dancing (even in the streets).

1: Wikipedia.org

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