“Las Mayas” Celebrations In Spain


In this photo taken on Sunday, May 11, 2014, a “Maya” girl sits on an altar during the traditional celebration of “Las Mayas” on a street, in central Madrid, Spain. The festivity of the Maya comes from pagan rites and dates from the medieval age, appearing in ancient documents, it takes place every year in the beginning of May and celebrates the beginning off the spring. A girl between 7 and 11years is chosen as “Maya” and should sit still, serious, and quiet for a couple of hours in an altar on the street decorated with flowers and plants, afterwards they walk to the church with their family where they attend a ceremony. (Photo by Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP Photo)


A “Maya” girl sits in an altar during the traditional celebration of “Las Mayas” on the streets in Colmenar Viejo, near Madrid, Spain, Friday, May 2, 2014. (Photo by Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP Photo)


In this photo taken on Sunday, May 11, 2014 a “Maya” girl sits on an altar during the traditional celebration of “Las Mayas” on a street, in central Madrid, Spain. T(Photo by Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP Photo)


“Maya” girls sit in the church during the traditional celebration of “Las Mayas” in Colmenar Viejo, near Madrid, Spain, Friday, May 2, 2014. (Photo by Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP Photo)


A “Maya” girl sits in an altar during the traditional celebration of “Las Mayas” on the streets in Colmenar Viejo, near Madrid, Spain, Friday, May 2, 2014. (Photo by Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP Photo)


A “Maya” girl sits in an altar during the traditional celebration of “Las Mayas” on the streets in Colmenar Viejo, near Madrid, Spain, Friday, May 2, 2014. (Photo by Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP Photo)


A “Maya” girl sits in an altar during the traditional celebration of “Las Mayas” on the streets in Colmenar Viejo, near Madrid, Spain, Friday, May 2, 2014. (Photo by Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP Photo)


A “Maya” girl sits in an altar during the traditional celebration of “Las Mayas” on the streets in Colmenar Viejo, near Madrid, Spain, Friday, May 2, 2014. (Photo by Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP Photo)

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