Alcoy is the first city to celebrate these celebrations and is also an important venue. Throughout the summer, these festivities take place along the Costa Blanca, each week having one or more villages or cities all the way to celebrations, parades, fireworks and various other beautiful activities. Every place has a week’s party, after which the next village is reopened.
Apart from the Moors and Christians, the Hogueras of Alicante are also very important. Throughout the year, the artists of the Hogueras work with the construction of large cardboard monuments that are burned during the night of 24 June. In the days before combustion you can admire these images, they stand throughout the city.
Also of great importance and with a deep religious significance here is the Easter week. Especially in Crevillente and Orihuela. A few days before the Passion Week, one celebrates the carnival party, which has become very popular in recent years. Especially in Alicante, where thousands of residents celebrate the “Sabado Ramblero” along the streets on Saturday. In short, the parties are part of the daily life of the Costa Blanca. Unique parties, popular festivities and religious celebrations are celebrated throughout the year.
This is the day of the “regalos”, the presents! This is the children’s celebration in Spain. The Dream Homes, “Los Reyes Magos”, as they are called in Spain, are the mysterious men from the Far East (tells the children), and dive on January 6 throughout the country during trips to the smallest Places are held. In many cities they also come by boat and also have a crowd of “helpers” and dancers. The flea-dressed men are driven around the city by strollers and divide thousands of pounds of candy. In Alcoy, the “black pits” even climb ladders along the facades to give presents. At home, the children get the “requested” toys of the good men!
Carnaval in Spain always includes exuberant parades in a traditional Brazilian samba atmosphere. Associations, sewing ateliers, singing and dance groups and orchestras prepare costumes and acts for months. Girls and women do strength training so they are able to carry the wide and heavy costumes for hours with a smile on their face. It is a matter of glamour and extravagance. Of course, also respond to current issues with humor and creativity. Carnaval is celebrates in every town, but the most known parades are performed in Pego, in the north of the Costa Blanca (near Denia), and Aguilas in the south of the province of Murcia. But the parades of Torrevieja, Benidorm, Murica, Cartagena are also definitely worth a visit.
Also called the holy week, is a major happening in Spain. A tradition that dates from medieval times which has spread to all cities around Spain, the “Semana Santa en Sevilla” is notable for featuring the procession of “pasos”, lifelike wood or plaster sculptures of individual scenes of the events that happened between Jesus’ arrest and his burial, or images of the Virgin Mary showing grief for the torture and killing of her son. These lifelike wooden or plaster sculptures are called “tronos” and they are carried through the streets by penitents dressed in long purple robes, often with pointed hats, followed by women in black carrying candles for up to 11 hours. These pasos and tronos are physically carried on the necks of costaleros (literally “sack men”) and can weigh up to five metric tonnes.
Moros y christianos
The festivals commemorate the battles, combats and fights between Moors (or Muslims) and Christians during the period known as Reconquista (from the 8th century through the 15th century). The festivals represent the capture of the city by the Moors and the subsequent Christian reconquest. The people that take part in the festival are usually enlisted in filaes or comparsas (companies that represent the Christian or Moor legions), and for several days, they parade with bombastic costumes loosely inspired by Medieval fashion. Christians wear fur, metallic helmets, and armor, fire loud arquebuses, and ride horses. In contrast, Moors wear ancient Arab costumes, carry scimitars, and ride real camels or elephants. The festival develops among shots of gunpowder, medieval music, and fireworks, and ends with the Christians winning a simulated battle around a castle.
They are beautiful dresses with very beautiful costumes. In the afternoon there is the “mascletta”. Those are deafening fireworks. There are the fighting between both clans and, of course, the end of the trip, the impressive processions where both the Christians and the Moors enter the city triumphantly. Sometimes the castillo castle (castle) is often followed. In some cities the attacks happen from the sea! You must have seen these festivals. So keep the event calendar in mind. There are quite a lot of walks in Alcoy, Rojales, Callosa de Segura, Guardamar, Orihuela, Crevillente.
Pilgrims with Andalusian customs and costumes. The “Virgen” (the virgin) is taken out of church after sabbath and on a parade, with embarked farm carriages and carriages in pilgrimage to a remote place (forest, beach, park ….). There will be two days of prayer, prayers. But especially celebrated. Sunday is the high mass with beautiful music and singing. In the evening, the Virgin is then returned to the main church.