The colour and energy of Sevilla’s April festival is one of the most famous images of Spain. Read and listen to my short resume of the most popular Sevilla festivals, learning a bit more about this wonderful Andalusian city and testing your understanding of Spanish along the way. You can first listen to the online Spanish audio recording and see how much you understand. If you find you have a few gaps, try listening again. If the doubts persist, try listening whilst referring to the text in Spanish provided. As a last resort check the parallel English text. These exercises are, of course, not easy, but even if you are a beginner level student and understand little to nothing of the audio, you will be amazed at how quickly you start to pick up the knack if you listen to a different online Spanish parallel text every day. The most important thing is to relax as you listen to the audio in Spanish and not to try to pick out every single word. Or even worse, to try to translate literally in your head! This lesson is part of the Spanish English Parallel Texts Course and all of the lessons in this course are available completely FREE.

Parallel Texts Sevilla Parte 3 Festivales

In Spanish:

Sevilla es famosa mundialmente por sus festividades de abril. Estas comienzan con la Semana Santa y sus enormes procesiones de gran belleza con las calles repletas de vecinos solemnemente respetuosos y de todas las edades. Penitentes con capucha marchan por las calles al son de tambores y son seguidos por una gran plataforma barroca en la que se encuentran imágenes de la Virgen o de Cristo. Es un momento en el que toda la comunidad participa de alguna manera para hacer las procesiones más grandes y mejores que el año anterior.

Poco después de Semana Santa el ambiente es mucho más vivo y colorido con el inicio de La Feria de Sevilla o La Feria de Abril. La cantidad de gente es igual de impresionante y este es el momento en el que se sueltan a conocer gente, cantar, bailar, comer y beber. Una vez más todo el mundo participa con entusiasmo para ayudar a ejecutar el evento y que sea un éxito, las familias y las empresas locales preparan carpas y nadie está dispuesto a dejar que la noche termine pronto.

La Feria de Sevilla es una celebración de una semana de duración de todo lo andaluz. Tradicionalmente, las mujeres se visten con elaborados trajes de flamenco de colores vivos, mientras que los hombres se visten con sus mejores galas y, a menudo, montan majestuosos caballos. Este es el estereotipo de España para mucha gente, con las castañuelas, flamenco, sol y sangría, y es una alegría para la vista. Con toda su importante historia y sus fascinantes monumentos, Sevilla es más famosa por ser un alegre pueblo fiestero.

In English:

Seville is famous worldwide for its April festivities. This begins with “Semana Santa” (Easter/Holy Week) and its enormous and extremely beautiful processions that see the streets filled with solemnly respectful locals of all ages. Hooded penitents march the streets to the sound of beating drums and are followed by huge baroque floats on which sit images of the Virgin or Christ. It is a time when the whole community participates in some way to make the processions bigger and better than the previous year.

Shortly after “Semana Santa” the atmosphere becomes much more lively and colourful with the start of “La Feria de Sevilla” or “La Feria de Abril” (Seville Festival or April Festival). The turn-out is just as impressive and now the locals really let their hair down socialising, singing, dancing, eating and drinking. Again everyone gets stuck in to help run the event and make it a success; families and local businesses set up tents and no-one is prepared to let the night finish early.

“La Feria de Sevilla” is a week-long celebration of everything Andalusian. Traditionally, women wear elaborate brilliantly coloured flamenco dresses while the men dress in their best suits and often ride majestic horses. This is many people’s stereotypical Spain, with the castanets, flamenco music, sun, and sangria, and it is a joy to behold. For all its important history and fascinating monuments, Seville is most famous for being a joyous party town.

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