Almunecar Cruces De Mayo (May Crosses) Competition 2016

2016 Cruces De Mayo (May Crosses) Competition

We’re gearing up for this year’s Cruces De Mayo (May Crosses) competition which is always a good sign that summer is just around the corner.  This is a key fiesta date for Andalucia, and the ceremonies are always well observed here, being a key part of local folk lore, as well as a religious ceremony.

This fascinating and colourful fiesta is as much a demonstration of pagan tradition as it is of Christian faith and its origins are rooted in a confusion of legend and folklore.  For full information on the meaning and history of the May Crosses please see our dedicated meaning of Cruces de Mayo post – and for May Day info see Dia del Trabajo.


2016 Cruces De Mayo (May Crosses) Competition

Inscriptions were open from 22 to 29 April and the actual dates have been confirmed as 30 April to 3rd May.  Two separate Cruces de Mayo  competitions will be held – one for Almuñécar and one for La Herradura.

The entries must be displayed between 12:00 on Saturday 30th April until 22:00 Tuesday 3rd May.  The latest they can be seen is also set as 03:00 in the morning of 1st May, 02:00 on the 1st & 2nd and midnight on the 3rd – there are also restrictions on how late music can be played and until when the bars are open..

For this year, the three Cruces de Mayo with the highest scores from the judges will be winners (separate competitions for Almuñécar & La Herradura) with the overall winners to be featured on the 2017 promotional posters.

Cruces de Mayo

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Judging of the May Crosses will take into account the natural decoration of the cross, the type of flowers and plants used, lighting, the way it fits into the local environment, traditional cuisine and originality.  Each of these attributes will be awarded a maximum of 5 points – with a special consideration being made of crosses which especially enhance a courtyard, plaza or other location.


The actual judges will be visiting the crosses on Sat 30th April, from 19:00 onwards, so if you want to see the actual points being awarded then that’s the time to be there.

A separate children’s May Crosses competition will run in parallel, for ages up to 16, competing in groups of up to 10.  These will be judged on 2nd May from 12:00 onwards.

Cruces de Mayo (May Crosses) 2016 – List of Entries

As soon as these are announced on Friday 29th we will post the locations here.

Cruces de Mayo 2016
Almunecar Cruces de Mayo 2016

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