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  SPAIN - ACTIVITIES  -  COSTA BLANCA  -  FIESTA

 

Fiestas (celebration, festival, party) have a long tradition in Spain. Its history with all dominations, Christians against Moors, all the Saints etc., gives the Spanish people a lot to remember, mark and celebrate. It is a lot of fiestas all over the country trough the whole year, and Spain would just not be the same without them.

There are a number of themes that are celebrated in almost all of the communities, but they each can have various ways of celebrating. Some are noted here, but the dates can vary from year to year so it is best to check with the local tourist office.




PATRÓN SANTO(A)

Each town/village (sometimes also a street) has its own "Patrón Santo" (protecting saint) which they celebrate with processions, dancing in the streets, live music and firework (sometimes also sporting events). The celebrations can last up to a whole week, 24 hours a day. Normally the town's commercial activity shuts down during some of these days. In some villages they celebrate this fiesta together with the fiesta for "Moors and Christians".


MOROS Y CRISTIANOS

(MOORS AND CHRISTIANS)
This fiesta is also celebrated all over Spain. The Countries history is deeply rooted in the battles between the Moors and the Christians which took place in the 13th to 15th century. Each fiesta is a theatrical performance with participants dressed in elaborate and expensive costumes depicting both sides of the battle. The music played by the live orchestras is especially composed for the fiesta and is very dramatic.


CABALAGATA DE REYES

5 January each year is the Parade of the Three Wise Kings, which is the day before children's Christmas day on December 6, when they receive their presents. During the parade the children are given sweets.


FESTIVIDAD DE SEMANA SANTA

(The holy week - Easter)
Most of the communities have fiestas during Easter, and is normally celebrated with a religious processions, usually with Jesus on the Cross being carried through the streets followed by mourners wearing black and carrying candles.

CARNAVALES

February is the month of the carnival and most of the towns and villages will have fiestas with singing and dancing in the streets. Sometimes, however, the celebrating can start already at the end of January, so be sure to check with your local tourist office.


FERIA

Most communities will also have a Fair, but they are held in different months. There is a lot happening during Fair days, so it is well worth a visit. There will be dancing, music, horse shows and wine tasting, to name a few of the activities.
 
 

FIESTAS IN;

Valencia
Altea
Benidorm
Elx / Elche
Guardamar
L'Alfás del Pi
Orihuela
Pilar de La Horadada
Rojales
Santa Pola
Torrevieja




 
 

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