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Madrid has always been a very traditional city and its opening to the exterior has not kept it from following its traditions, although it is also true that traditions from other regions of Spain have been adopted, largely due to the massive immigration that took place principally during the sixties.

Some of Madrid's most attractive traditions for tourists are:

El Chotis: The typical Madrileño dance that is performed especially during the festival of San Isidro.

Chulapos y Chulapas: Also during the Festival of San Isidro, the men of Madrid dress up in black and white checkered trousers and hats, black vests and white shirts while Madrid's women wear the typical costume and a white cloth with a carnation in their hair.

San Isidro: Patron Saint of Madrid, is celebrated 15 May with street parties and the Fair of San Isidro in which, during one month, bull fights take place at the Plaza de las Ventas.

MOST IMPORTANT FESTIVALS:

1 JANUARY
NEW YEAR´S DAY
6 JANUARY
REYES MAGOS (DAY OF THE THREE WISE MEN)
MARCH OR APRIL
SEMANA SANTA (HOLY WEEK)
1 MAY
LABOR DAY
2 MAY
REGION OF MADRID DAY
15 MAY
SAN ISIDRO
15 AUGUST
ASCENSION OF THE VIRGIN MARY
12 OCTOBER
DIA DE LA HISPANIDAD (HISPANIC DAY)
1 NOVEMBER
ALL SAINTS DAY
9 NOVEMBER
LA ALMUDENA
6 DECEMBER
CONSTITUTION DAY
8 DECEMBER
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
25 DECEMBER
CHRISTMAS
   
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