In 1625 a cross of alabaster was raised in the part of the the town called San Lazaro , and it was celebrated with popular and flamenco dances. In the beginning of century XX that the children started to make small crosses in their patios, or in small squares and in the schools, always with flowers, local ceramics, brass elements, and Manila shawls, and always a pear whith scissors , thats the way to "cut the pero" (always somebody saying :yes it·s very beautiful, PERO.........)and they were asking bypassers for a "chavico", a coin.
Every part of the town has it's own cross, organiced by the neighbourhood associations, the restaurants and bars, the schools and you can see lots , very beautiful and typical ones , and children still make their own small crosses. There is a Contest , with large prices for the best squares, best patio, best schools, best shop window etc,. and everybody does their best to win one of the prices.
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The 3rd of may, people live in the street, they drink a lot of Manzanilla (Sherry), eat tapas, wery tyipical is the Fava Beans, wich you peel and eat raw together with some Bacalao and Salaillas ( Semi flat-bread with sea salt and olive oil )
.If I don·t get too much Manzanilla, I will come back with some fresh photographs of this years Dia de La Cruz.
Many other cities and villages celebrate Dia De La Cruz, you can find a list in Wickipedia, and if you are near to one of these places, don·t miss it.