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Moors and Christians festivity – Bocairent, Valencia
Publicado 1 de February de 2018 por admin
During the first week in February, Bocairent, in the province of Valencia, celebrates its Moors and Christians festivity in honour of Saint Blas, patron of the town. This particular Moors and Christians fiesta is one of the oldest and best in Spain.
Fireworks, paso doble music and bands, spectacular parades, processions and the deafening sound of gunpowder are the main ingredients of this colourful six-day fiesta. The highlight is the Entrà, when over 2,000 people participate in an amazing parade of floats.
Bocairent remains of Neolithic human settlements have been found in the “Vinalopó” and the “Sarsa” caves, and there are several Iberian hamlets scattered along the area’s hilltops. The Romans also left their mark with a number of villas in the area. The Islamic period was, however, the most prosperous and the one that has left the longest lasting legacy. The traditional music, gastronomy, fiestas, and other traditions amply demonstrate this.
In 1245 the village was incorporated into the Aragonese Crown. In 1418 it was declared a Royal Town and in 1587 Philip II endowed it with the title of Royal Wool Cloth Factory. This bestowed on Bocairent a Book of Privileges, thereby providing corporate regulations to its textile industry, an activity that continues up to the present day.
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