The Moors and Christians festivities Bocairent in honour of the town’s patron saint, Saint Blai, are celebrated the first weekend of february and given special tourist interest status. A deep-rooted tradition full of colour and popular culture make these the town’s most attractive celebrations. Visitors will be struck by the range and splendour of the traditional costumes, the music, and the gunpowder.

With the “Night of the Drums” (“Nit de les Caixes”) the actual fiestas begin. Hundreds of Bocairentines cloaked in their traditional woollen blankets take to the streets carrying lanterns and beating their drums, announcing the town’s patronage of Saint Blai since 1632.

The Entrance (“Entrada”) of Moors and Christians, second day, brings the fiesta to life. First to enter are the Christians who parade to cheerful sounding pasadobles and once night-time falls the Mores enter to the slow and emotive tunes of Moorish marches.

One of the most emblematic events of the fiesta is the procession on the day of Saint Blai. The entrance in to the Town Hall Square of the saint, his relics and the banner of Saint Blai is particularly stirring, with the bells tolling and everyone shouting in unison: “Vitol al Patró San Blai” (“Long live Saint Blai”), as the lights go out and a shower of confetti rains down on the statue of the saint.

The Embassies (“Les Ambaixades”), the four day, are the representation of when the negotiations for the conquest of the castle between Mores and Christians are acted out. The enormous quantity of gunpowder fired off into the air along the town’s main streets marks this day out as a special one.

The day of the Holy Christ (Santo Cristo) highlighted by go in pilgrimage to the hermitage, making the road to Calvary in a huge string of colors.

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Carnival Muro d’Alcoi

Muro is preparing to live a new edition of the Carnival. A celebration that is celebrated in Muro since the early twentieth century. It is true that stopped being celebrated during the Franco regime and it was not until the 80s when he recovered, reaching the prominence it has today.

The murero Carnival has become a benchmark in the central regions, counting among the largest in the Valencia region as Pego and Vinaròs. Concentrates a number of local people own and neighboring peoples who are on the street for a costume parade that fills the village fete, music and color.