This is how the Fiesta de las Mondas is celebrated in Talavera de la Reina

Grand Parade Court of Mondas in Talavera de la Reina

When making a Talavera de la Reina getaway, in the province of Toledo, I made it coincide with one of the parties most important of this population of Castilla la Mancha: Las Mondas.

It's not about the Patron saint festivities of Talavera, which are those of Our Lady of the Prado and take place on September 8.

Las Mondas It is a party that has a very long tradition, which takes place during the week after the Easter week.

Grand Parade Court of Mondas in Talavera de la Reina

Dates Las Mondas 2019 in Talavera de la Reina

Specifically, the Las Mondas 2019 dates in Talavera de la Reina They are from Sunday April 21 to Saturday April 27.

But the first thing you'll have the curiosity to know iswhat are the Mondas.

What are the Mondas de Talavera?

This ancestral popular celebration that has the consideration of Festival of National Tourist Interest dates back to the offerings that Roman farmers and ranchers made to the goddess Ceres.

Grand Parade Court of Mondas in Talavera de la Reina

The baskets that were used were known as mundus, denomination that evolved to that ofmondas.

Therefore it is a party closely linked to the traditions of the countryside that are lived in Talavera of the Queen and in the villages of your region.

Courtship Parade in Talavera

The celebrations themselves begin on Palm Sunday, and during the week there is an extensive program of events that have their peak in what is known as Courtship of Mondas.

This is a great parade that takes place throughout Saturday afternoon, in which up to 3,000 people and 75 folk groups representing the peoples of the old Lands of Talavera.

As I could see during my Talavera visit coinciding with cited Courtship of Mondas, It is a big popular party.

Grand Parade Court of Mondas in Talavera de la Reina

Tour of the Parade of Las Mondas in Talavera

Thousands of people are concentrated throughout Saturday afternoon in this town, who occupy the main streets of the historic center

The parade runs from downtown Bread Square until the Basilica of Ntra Sra del Prado.

Floats in Las Mondas de Talavera

Several floats participate in the parade, some with themes representative of the Talavera story, as the Roman float wave Visigoda era float.

But you can also see other allegorical floats to unique corners of the town, such as the ceramics of the Fountain of the Frogs, he Knights panel of the porch of the Prado Basilica, wave Seville gate.

Grand Parade Court of Mondas in Talavera de la Reina

Although among all the floats the main role is called Cart of Mondas, a small carriage carried by two rams, which were the symbol of the goddess Ceres.

At present, and after the Christianization of this ceremonial in 602, the rams continue to participate to venerate the Virgin of the Prado, so that they end up entering the interior of the basilica as part of the ritual.

Folk groups in Las Mondas

Although they are certainly the traditional folk groups representing various towns in the region who with their music and dances give the greatest festive atmosphere to this great parade.

During the Festival of the Mondas Other festive events also take place.

To highlight the charanga of Giants and big headeds that runs through the town to the basilica, or the Craft Market that extends through streets and squares of the historic center of Talavera of the Queen.

Handicraft Market in Las Mondas in Talavera de la Reina

In addition, Saturday of the holidays coincides with the Medieval Market of San Jerónimo which takes place on the first Saturday of each month.

Program and schedules Las Mondas 2019 in Talavera

Here you can check the detailed information of the program of the Fiesta de Las Mondas 2019 in Talavera de la Reina, with schedules of all scheduled activities.

Photos Las Mondas

Here you have more photos of the celebrations of the Fiesta de las Mondas in Talavera de la Reina, corresponding to the 2016 edition I attended.

Video: Basilica de Nuestra Señora del Prado, Talavera de la Reina (January 2020).