The pagan roots of this festival in Talavera de la Reina (Toledo) go back to Roman times, to a ritual that worshipped the goddess Ceres, although historically its celebration dates back to the 15th century.
The festivities start on Palm Sunday with the traditional Mondas Proclamation in the different neighbourhoods of the town. Then there is a cultural week with conferences, exhibitions, concerts, award ceremonies, tasting of typical products, etc.On the following Saturday, there is a great parade through the streets of Talavera de la Reina, with many groups playing dulcimers and other traditional instruments, ending in the basilica of El Prado with an offering to the Virgin of El Prado, and the Mayor of Talavera exchanges staffs with the guest mayors.A bullfighting festival and many children's activities (craft and theatre workshops, etc.) are also organised in different parts of the town.
Public events and ceremonies may be very different to usual due to healthcare guidelines during the pandemic.