Madrid Celebrates San Isidro

I may have mentioned a few times already that the Spanish know how to celebrate. This weekend the spotlight is on Madrid. On and after May 15 the city is celebrating the day of its patron saint: Saint Isidore the Farmer, who lived in the 12th century. He was so devout that when prayers took him away from the fields, angels are said to have ploughed the land for him. The Madrileños use the opportunity to dress up in traditional garb, which for men includes the flat "chulapo" cap and for women silk shawls, handkerchiefs and carnations ("clavel").