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Santo Tomás

  • Constitución Plaza 3-5 Constitución Plaza Donostia, PV, 20003 Spain (map)

The celebration of the day of St.Thomas traditionally coincided with the payday for land tax. Thus, on this day farmers from neighboring villages came to San Sebastian to pay their landowners and also would bring with them products for sale in city markets. This is how the tradition to hold fairs on this day was born. Nowadays, residents of San Sebastián dress up in traditional costumes, walk around the city enjoying delicious home-made goods and drinking apple cider with traditional sausage-"chistorra", wrapped in a corn flatbread — "talo" that women make by hand right at the fair. Livestock from all over Gipuzkoa that would formerly be brought for sale to the Okendo plaza, nowadays amuses little spectators and tourists.  One of the major events of St.Thomas celebration is the lottery that could be bought in advance in butchers shops throughout the city. Yes, you’ve heard it right - in the butchers - because the main prize of this lottery is a huge hog, which is fed with acorns, corn and beans at one of the neighboring farms. The weight of the animal could sometimes reach 400 kg. One can see this giant hog on the Constitution Square, where it is put on display in a special pen.

Earlier Event: December 1
Christmas decorations
Later Event: January 5
Three Kings parade