This May 31, 2014 photo released by Giovanna Dell’Orto shows costumed participants in a sword dance in Belorado, Spain, as part of Feria Alfonsina, an annual holy day festival. (Giovanna Dell’Orto via AP)
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Smoke hung heavily over this hilly city, broken by flickering flames, when I mustered my courage, plunged into the crowd and brought down my bright-green hammer on a stranger's head.This May 14, 2014 photo released by Giovanna Dell'Orto shows the "gigantes" parade in Madrid, Spain, featuring 13-foot-high puppets as part of the annual San Isidro celebration.This May 30, 2013 photo released by Giovanna Dell'Orto shows bullfighting during the Corpus Christi festival in Granada, Spain.This May 31, 2014 photo released by Giovanna Dell'Orto shows children dressed up as part of Feria Alfonsina, an annual holy day festival in Belorado, Spain.It seemed that the whole population, in elaborate costumes, participated in reenacting the day nearly 900 years ago when King Alfonso I decreed that a feria should be celebrated here – the first official one in Spain, or so the narrator said.IBERIAN HOLY DAYS: The festivals run for several days around specific dates: Madrid's San Isidro is May 15; Granada's Corpus Christi is the first Thursday following the eighth Sunday after Easter (in 2015, it will be June 4; in 2016, May 26); Porto's Sao Joao is June 23-24; and Belorado's Feria Alfonsina is the first weekend in June.
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