St. Sebastian's Day


Hello everyone! I've been quite missing for the last few weeks. I had a friend's visit, some birthday parties and, let's not fool ourselves, I've been also quite lazy :) It must be winter! Hahahaha But there are no more excuses and today I bring you a very special post about one of the most beautiful days of my hometown, St. Sebastian.

Hola a todos! Estas últimas semanas he estado algo desaparecida con visitas de amigos, cumpleaños y, no vamos a engañarnos, también bastante pereza :) ¡Debe ser el invierno! jajajaja Pero ya no hay más excusas y hoy os traigo un post muy especial sobre uno de los días más bonitos de mi ciudad, San Sebastián.




Those who follow me on Instagram have already see that I spent a few days in St. Sebastian to celebrate their patron. I haven't been there celebrating it for more than a decade, and it made me very happy to come back to relive it.

Los que me seguís en Instagram ya pudisteis ver que pasé unos días en San Sebastián para celebrar su patrón. Hacía más de una década que no estaba por allí para este día tan señalado, y me hizo muchísimas ilusión volver a revivirlo.


my school marching!



St. Sebastian's Day begins on January 20th at 00:00 hours with the raising of the flag in charge of the tamborrada (drum festival) of Gaztelubide, in the Constitution Square. For 24 hours Donosti becomes a party of drums and barrels. Throughout the city you can hear the hymns of Sarriegui. At 24:00 hours the tamborrada of the Union Artesana is in charge of lowering the flag and ending the party. The tamborrada is to the San Sebastian what San Fermines to the pamplonicas or the fair of April to the Sevillians. It is, without doubt, the most beautiful day of the year in Donosti.

El día de San Sebastián comienza el día 20 de Enero a las 00:00 horas con la izada de la bandera a cargo de la tamborrada de Gaztelubide, en la Plaza Constitución. Durante 24 horas Donosti se convierte es una fiesta de tambores y barriles. En toda la ciudad se puede escuchar los himnos de Sarriegui. A las 24:00 horas la tamborrada de la Unión Artesana es la encargada de arriar la bandera y dar por finalizada la fiesta. La tamborrada es a los donostiarras lo que San Fermines a los pamplonicas o la feria de abril a los sevillanos. Es, sin duda, el día más bonito del año en Donosti.






Another emotional moment of the day is the parade of the children's tamborrada on the 20th at noon. Most of the city's schools participate with their colorful uniforms. The first uniforms of the Tamborrada reproduce those used by the Guipuzcoan battalions, who intervened actively in the War of Independence, taking in this era the French style of military dress. As the number of participants increased, other companies entered, with other uniforms. But everyone is inspired by that time

Otro de los momentos más emotivos del día de San Sebastián es el desfile de la tamborrada infantil el día 20 a las 12 del mediodía. La mayoría de escuelas de la ciudad participan con sus coloristas uniformes. Los primeros uniformes de la Tamborrada reproducen los utilizados por los batallones Guipuzcoanos, que intervinieron activamente en la Guerra de la Independencia, tomando en esta época el estilo francés de vestimenta militar. Al ampliarse el número de participantes se dio entrada a otras compañías, con otros uniformes. Pero todos se inspiran en esa época.








Without a doubt, this is a beautiful time to visit St. Sebastian and enjoy one of its most beloved traditions. Here also a few photos of the city made by my mother, which, as you can see, is a real photographer! Happy Week!

Sin duda, una época preciosa para conocer San Sebastián y disfrutar de una de sus más queridas tradiciones. Os dejo también unas cuantas fotos de la ciudad hechas por mi madre que, como veis, es una auténtica fotógrafa. ¡Feliz semana!

















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19 comments

  1. Wauu St. Sebastian looks very beautiful city, I will have to visit it one day! :)

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  2. WOW You live in a very beautiful town Midori, St. Sebastian looks wonderful. Amazing photos! by your mum?

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  3. Beautiful photographs and an interesting post! I haven't been to San Sebastián but looks like a great place to see! #feetdotravel

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    1. totally worth a visit! My favorite time is in July during the jazz festival! there is such an amazing vibe in the city during those days.

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  4. St Sebastian looks amazing and is THE place to go according to many travel publications. The food is also delicious by the sounds of it and there is plenty to do in the city - great photos and thanks for sharing

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  5. St. Sebastian Day Festival looks amazing and one to see. The photos are stunning and thanks for sharing :-) I pinned this for the next time I visit Spain.

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    1. you should look for some video on youtube of the people playing the San Sebastian's song!

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  6. St Sebastian looks like an incredible place to grow up. It must have been emotional and nostalgic to be there during the festival. As usual, gorgeous pics girl.

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    1. thank you! yes, it was really emotional! so many memories!

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  7. I can't wait to get to St Sebastian. These pics are amazing and you know how much I love food, Midori.

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    1. hahahaha you should definitely come!

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  8. St Sebastian looks amazing and the photos are stunning. I would love to visit during the festival to see the kids taking part of it. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Great pictures! I love everyone's outfits. That guy drinking straight out of the bottle made me laugh lol. What a great celebration! I learning about traditions and celebrations like this!

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  10. St Sebastian looks beautiful. Would love to visit :) Both your photography and your mum's is amazing.

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  11. Awesome! you are so lucky to be from such a beautiful city! St Sebastian's day looks like a lot of fun as well :D Great pics as usual!

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