Young girls sit on beautiful flower thrones for traditional Las Mayas ceremony in Madrid

Some traditions never die out completely and in Spain the ‘Las Mayas’ ceremony is still celebrated. Earlier in May the streets of Madrid were taken over by flower queens to welcome in the spring with old medieval traditions. Girls between the ages of 7 and 11 were chosen as ’Maya’ and posed on a flowery altar quietly for a few hours, decked in traditional Spanish robes, jewellery and flower garlands. The ceremony is part of a pagan church ritual. Photographer Daniel Ochoa de Olza captured the moments from this year’s ceremony. Find more photographs on his website.

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