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    In just a few weeks the second FLECOS, el Festival Internacional de la Lengua, la Cultura y el Ocio, will take place in Granada. The event is organised by the Asociación de Escuelas de Español of Granada and its main objective is to promote interest in the learning of Spanish throughout the world. As is logical, the festival also looks to consolidate Granada´s position as a destination for language and cultural tourism.

    The guest country this year is the United Kingdom and so some of the conferences and round-tables will be dealing with questions concerning the teaching and promotion of Spanish in the UK.

    The entire academic programme of FLECOS will be held at the Granada Conference Centre on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of April but there is also an additional cultural programme of performances and visits.

    More information is available on the website: www.flecosgranada.es

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    El Día de la Cruz is one of the most picturesque fiestas in the province of Granada.  History tells us that in 1625 an alabaster cross was erected in the neighbourhood of San Lázaro and the act was celebrated with dances.

    At the beginning of the 20th century, in the neighbourhoods of Albaicín and Realejo, children would construct small altars with a cross.  The altars were decorated with red and white carnations, embroidered shawls, china dishes, copper cups and an apple with a pair of scissors stuck into it.  Around the altars, the children would ask for money – for a chavico.

    Nowadays competitions are held with different categories and prizes for the decoration of streets, patios, squares, shop windows and schools.

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