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Three-storey is the party of the “regalos”, the presents! This is the children’s party. Because this is the “Sinterklaasfeest” here. Remember that Sinterklaas in Spain does not exist and therefore is not celebrated. 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!

Carnival celebrations
Always exuberant processions in a typical Brazilian samba atmosphere. The costumes and the acts are being worked out for a number of months by the associations, the sewing studios, the singing and dance groups, orchestras. Girls and women are doing strength training for months to ensure that they can wear the tall, wide and lead-heavy costumes with feather springs. And this … for hours and ever smiling! It’s a matter of glamor and extravagance. Of course, the current topics are also discussed with the necessary humor and creativity. It is celebrated in all cities and big villages. Very well known steaks include Pego in the north of the Costa Blanca (near Denia) and Aguilas in the south of the province of Murcia. But also the walks of Torrevieja, Benidorm, Murica, Cartagena … are more than worth the effort.

Semana Santa

Impressive understated processions during the Holy Week (week before Easter) depicting the suffering and resurrection of Christ. Easter is the most celebrated religious festival, in which tradition has left indelible traces.

The “pasos” (the image groups) involved in the processions are huge and heavy. There are scenes of 1500 kg, but there are also 6000 kg of roads. These passos are therefore carried by a majority in a special rhythm. It is even a whole family’s honor to be able to participate in the Semana Santa as “nazareño” (whoever wears the passover). There are also many bullies on the head with a headed head. It is the highlight of the year for most Spaniards! During the Semana Santa there are processions all day, but the most impressive are those of white Thursday, good friday and easter Sunday. For the Spaniard, it is something very specific. Each Spaniard then returns to his or her birthplace or town. In my folder “Know Spain … Spain Taste” you will find extensive information here. In Torrevieja there are beautiful processions, but also in Orihuela (city) and Murcia there are processes of national cultural importance. Elche’s Palmen Procession (Sunday before Easter) is also of international importance. Keep in mind that thousands of people come to see. Chairs are for rent along the entire procession.

Ferias

Fairs in the typical Glossary add dresses. The women wear beautiful flamenco dresses and the gentlemen are beautiful “tights” (tight pants and vests). It is also a true dining party and many horse shows with dressage are being performed.

Moros y Cristianos
Is it commemorating the expulsion of the Moors by the Christians in the 15th-16th century. King Boabdil was the last Moorish king who was expelled in Granada. The Christians were supported by the Reyes Catalicas (Fernando of Aragón and Isabel of Castilla) in their struggle. The date of the parties depends on the name of the patron saint of the city (may be in spring and summer).

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.

Romerias
Pilgrims with Analogue Use and Costume. The “Virgen” (the virgin) is taken out of church after sabbath and on a parade, with embroidered farm carts and chariots 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.

Fiestas Patronales

Are the local annual villages with a wide range of events and beautiful walks (in almost every city and town). Sometimes they last for two weeks. On the closing day, the whole family comes to the big tent in the village square. The ones have all kinds of tapas, the other spoons, wine and drinks, others bring the sweets together and celebrate each other. A “paella giant” is always prepared. As the word itself says: a giant paella for the whole population and … its visitors. So … just join and integrate yourself into the local event! Betting that you make friends?

Belenes

From the beginning of December, a cherry sphere is created in many villages and cities by setting up the “belenes”. It is a traditional part of Christmas in Spain. The “belenistas” are the artists who specialize in the production of Christmas statues and Christmas stalls. They are beautiful miniature statues and scenes depicting the entire biblical story. “Belén” is named after the Spanish name for Bethlehem. Something beautiful!

Medieval markets
Cheerful markets with craft stands (sometimes 200 to 300 stalls !!!) in a mid-century and Arabic atmosphere with performances of theater groups and other shows such as jugglers, troubadours, magicians, musical bands with medieval instruments, magic wizards, narrators, Birdshows, knights games …. All of the handmade items are offered for sale such as wrought iron, carvings, glassware, jewels, soaps and perfumes, all kinds of herbs and many gourmet offers. So you can really buy beautiful things. However, they are usually kept in the winter period.

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