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Fiestas & Traditions in Costa Blanca


Costa Blanca has lively festivals. Thousands of people are involved for the festivals that are held during the year in Costa Blanca.

People participate the festivals dressed in lavish costumes and parades, posturing and swaggering bravado, dances, swashbuckling displays and mock battles take place together with the sound of raucous music, the thunderous din of arquebuses and acrid smell of gunpowder.

The best-known fiesta of that tradition is the Alicante, which is held in April annually.

It stands for the bloodless struggle between two opposing bands; the Moors who were expelled from Spain after seven centuries of occupation and the Christians who extended their territory and customs.

Each town has its unique acts for the fiesta such as the forces arrive by sea in Villajoyosa; the effigy of Mohammed is borne aloft as a standard in Biar, and the entire neighborhood takes part in Alicante’s San Blas Quarter.

The popular fiesta of the Moros y Cristianos (Moors and Christians) is the Alicante region’s celebration par excellence.

In summer, Alicante’s streets fill with artistically contrived cardboard figures for the St. John’s Day in the company of fireworks.

The bonfires, known as las Hogueras shows the life of the city while its streets become a permanent source of entertainment with barracas (makeshift booths), parades and lively processions.

The Fallas Festival of Valencia in March also celebrated in Denia and

Festivities reach a peak with the staging of the Misteri in the city of Elche on the eve and day of 15th August in Alicante.

Religious traditions are also remarkable in the Easter Week processions held in Orihuela and Crevillente, the Passion Play produced in Callosa de Segura and Altea, and the re-enactment of the story of the Three Magi in Cañada.

Also the spectacle known as toros a la mar or bous a la mar which means bulls by the sea that is held on Denia is another well known fiesta in Costa Blanca.

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