Cruces de Mayo Sevilla
Crosses of May Sevilla
The Crosses of May Festival (Cruces de Mayo) is celebrated in many parts of the world, especially in Latin America and Spain, where Andalucia has the most famous celebration. In Sevilla they used to be celebrated in Sevillian courtyards but nowadays they have taken to the streets. In May it is typical to see Las Cruces de Mayo in each and every one of the neighborhoods of Sevilla, such as Triana. For an amazing stay in Sevilla we offer you the most elegant Luxury Apartments that we have distributed throughout the city so you can enjoy comfort, design and security that BE APARTMENT provides you.
Las Cruces de Mayo is actually more than a festival - it is also a contest, with Catholic hermandades (brotherhoods) and neighbourhood associations competing for prizes for the best-decorated crosses. The competition began in 1953, but the tradition of decorating the crosses dates back to the 18th century.
The crosses at the Crosses of May Festival are about 3 metres high, decorated with flowers, usually in red or white, green or yellow too. It´s also decorated with lots of flowers in pots in a carefully arranged pattern to complement the cross. The Crosses of May are judged according to criteria along the lines of: the decoration of the cross itself, the floral variety used, the lighting, and use of environmental elements such as trees, walls and etc.
The processions of Cruces de Mayo are usually held along the streets in the afternoon and at night they usually play a small concert that ends soon and people dance in the street. The children of Sevilla organize their own processions in imitation of the adult brotherhoods, it´s a way to introduce them to the tradition.
In spite of the religious origins of Cruces de Mayo, it has become a local street festival typical to Sevilla, you can even see local women dressed in Sevillan gypsy dresses. Each Catholic brotherhood or neighbourhood association sets up a bar next to its cross to serve drinks and tapas to the visitors. In addition to the traditional Sevillanas played during the day, you can enjoy flamenco performances, rock bands concerts at night. If you´ve decided to spend few days in Sevilla you can always stay in our Luxury Apartments by BE APARTMENT in the centre, the best in the city.