Spain: Balcony celebrations mark Dos de Mayo Uprising in Madrid

The inhabitants of the Malasana neighborhood in Madrid didn't let the coronavirus lockdown and social distancing measures get in the way of their Dos de Mayo (Second of May) celebrations, dancing in the streets and organising performances on their balconies, Saturday. The event honours the Second of May Uprising which took place in 1808. The celebrations refer to Madrid's rebellion against the... Еще occupation of the city by the French army. The neighbourhood is historically relevant to the event due to the fact that it is named after Manuela Malasana. Malasana, a symbol of resistance, was executed by the French following the uprising. Furthermore, the area's center is named the 'Plaza del Dos de Mayo' in commemoration of the uprising. Concerts, theatrical performances, as well as yoga classes, opera concerts, jazz, and DJ sessions were mostly held on and between the balconies, to honour the event despite the pandemic. According to Johns Hopkins University, Spain has registered 216,582 cases of the coronavirus, the highest number in Europe, with 25,100 deaths.

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