Gandia – Fair, Fallas, Eastern Holidays
Fairs (End of September – beginning of October).
Gandía Fair (end of September – beginning of October): Week in honor of St. Francis Borgia.
The fair starts with a parade of Tío de la Porra(see photo) closing schools during the fair.
Activities for all ages are offered
There are firecrackers, “mascletaes”, fireworks, theatre performances, and more religious acts during the Feria y Fiesta de Gandia
Fallas (from March 16 to 19)
Las Fallas are spectacular monuments, which are later burned and become ashes at the beginning of spring.
Visit fallas en Gandia
Easter Week(March- April)
Gandía celebrates Holy Week (March – April) with great solemnity and participation of all the confraternities and is a religious holiday of great national tourist interest.
The festivities end on Easter Sunday. Thousands of children and young people spend the day on the countryside or the beach to eat the typical Easter cake. During all the week different processions are organized. More info: Semana Santa en Gandia.
Grao de Gandia – Mare de Déu Blanqueta
Mid July, Grao de Gandía celebrates its village fair in honour of Mare de Déu Blanqueta as well as the fair of Our Lady of Mont Carmel, patroness of sailors and fishermen and the Spanish marine.
During the fair of the Grao they organize a maritime procession, verbenas, competitions and fireworks.
More info: fiestas del Grao.
Xátiva – August Fair
From August 15th to 20th
F The August Fair of Xátiva (Valencia) has been celebrated in honour of James I of Aragon since 1250 and has been declared of national tourist interest.
There are lots of traditional and recreational contests like horse pulling, a cattle fair, fireworks, sporting events and concerts.
Among the sporting events there takes place the oldest Spanish motorcycling race held for more than 50 years.
Alcoy – Moros y Cristianos(Moors and Christians) and Cabalgata Reyes Magos (Cavalcade of Magi)
From April 21st to 24th
The popular fair Moros y Cristianos de Alcoy (Moors and Christians of Alcoy)(Alicante,Spain), commemorate the battles, combats and fights between Moors and Christians during the Reconquista. At Alcoi they commemorate the battle of Alcoy in 1276 where inhabitants of Alcoy and Moorish troops struggled. The fair used to be celebrated from April 21st to 24th, nowadays and as per demand of the office of mayor, the fair is being celebrated during the weekend.
In addition, the Cabalgata de Reyes (Cavalcade of Magi)held on January 5 in Alcoy (Alicante, Spain) is considered the oldest in Spain and perhaps the oldest in the world, it has been declared festival of national tourist interest.
Ontinyent – Moros y Cristianos
(Starts the third Sunday of August)
The fair of Moros y Cristianos (Moors and Christians) d’Ontenyent has been declared of national tourist interest. The taking of Tetuán by Spanish troops and the gratitude displayed to the image of the Santísimo Cristo de la Agonía (Holy Christ of Agony) led to the birth of the Moors and Christians festival in the town of Ontinyent in 1860. The festivities begin on the third Sunday in August, with mass said at the doors of the hermitage of Santa Ana.
One of the highlights of the festive acts, which reach their maximum splendor between the Thursday and the Monday of the fourth week in the month, is the arrival of the Moors and Christians. The Christian army arrives in Ontinyent in the afternoon led by its captain and processional group to the rhythm of Christian marches and pasodobles. As night falls, the army of the crescent moon takes over the streets and avenues, showing off their luxurious dress uniforms, horses, camels, and dances.
Village fair in honour of Our Lady of the Rosary, Christ of the Pardon, Divina Aurora (first Sunday of May):Popular fair with despertá (wake-up call), breakfast in the street and a procession of unmarried inhabitants.
Cultural Week in July:with a giant paella, exhibitions, sporting events, theatre, open-air cinema in the square etc.
Bonfires of Saint Antonio (January 16th):On the eve of San Antonio residents light bonfires in the street.
TheSalpassa (Holy Week):Tradition of Jewish origin where the salt and water from each of the houses in the village are to be blessed
Castellón de Rugat:
Virgen del Remedio. Our Lady of Good Remedy:Celebration on December 6th to 8th, it’s the major fair the municipality of religious origin and commemorates a miracle happened in Castelló and attributed Our Lady of Good Remedy.
Anthony the Great: His feast day is January 17th and celebrated the following Sunday or the same day if it is Sunday. Saturday night fires a lightened and on Sunday people use to go up to the chapel for mass in his honour. Afterwards a little pig (porquet) is drawn.
August Holidays:This fair begins on the first Sunday after August 15th and is celebrated in honour of Saint Roch. The inhabitants of the village participate in this celebration. There are all type of recreational activities, sports and cultural events with some special highlights: The entrance of Moros y Cristianos (Moores and Christians), a fancy dress parade and a paella fiesta. All nights there are verbenas.
Aielo de Rugat
Starting August 15th to 17thAielo de Rugat celebrates its holidays in honour of Our Lady of Assumption, Our Lady of Rosary and Divina Aurora.