Of San Isidro we know his name and surname : Isidro de Merlo and Quintana. Born in the late eleventh century, he died in 1172 after having lived a miraculous and holy life. Married to Mary Toribia, also proclaimed a saint, he was a humble farmer who, in life, thanks to prayer, rescued his son from a well to bring up the waters.
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Other stories tell us how angels helped Isidro plow his masters lands, Juan de Vargas, and how he distributed seeds and grains amongst the poor. San Isidro is the patron saint of farmers in different parts of Spain and Latin America.
San Isidro 2013
This year the Feast of San Isidro is celebrated for 10 days, from the 10 to the 19 of May. But what we can we do during these festivities? Pay close attention to the list:
Attend the pilgrimage, held around the chapel, located in the Pradera de San Isidro. For the rookies take your food from home and celebrate a picnic. There are also stalls of traditional meats.
Do not miss the Mass with the blessing of waters, according to the ancient Mozarabic rite, even though the temple is always packed with faithful. Carnations are given later for free to attendees.
Bullfighting is expected in San Isidro, A bull fight is held in Las Ventas. Throughout the month there will be more than 47 shows.
Since not everyone likes to see an animal suffering, a better option are the musical events around the Plaza Mayor in the evening.
From the 12 to the 15 of May, during the first part of the holidays, around Lavapies Price Circus puts on their show Callejeando.
Next to the Puerta de Toledo and the Rastro Park another cultural event occurs, Its name is SUMandoLETRAS and it is an exchange of books to promote reading and the love of bibliophiles.
During the days 18 and 19, in Lavapies and La Latina, the Castizos (popular characters of the local culture) go out dressed in their traditional costumes dancing the popular chotis.
There are guided tours that can take curious travelers to the places where San Isidro lived, prayed or had presence
Concerts at the Puerta de Alcala, at nightfall, the 17, 18 and 19. Performances from Hombres G, Café Quijano and Rosario Flores.
The festivals are celebrated in Vistillas. Local audiences often enjoy the food, music, dancing and, of course traditional costume.
There are also Spanish guitar concerts, operetta, music with organs, puppets, storytelling, hard rock, contests, games and speeches by eminent citizens of the city.
The best idea is to rent apartments in Madrid city center and enjoy this big party.Tweet