Traditions and Celebrations

Traditions and Celebrations

Traditions and Celebrations

There are many festivals that are celebrated in the region of the Vega Baja, which are the most cheerful of the culture of this region. These celebrations are known for their popular characters and its obvious religious traits that occur in all the towns.

Patron Saint Festival IconPatron Saint Festiva

Vega Baja keeps alive the traditional festivals and employers, where religion has a place starring patrons, saints and advocates.

Virgin of Monserrate, Mistress of Orihuela

Every village of the region, including the hamlets of many of these villages celebrates its patron saint festival, and all have their origin in common, which is the commemoration of its patron saint or patron, which is usually done in most cases with a solemn mass and procession. Later, the party is usually developed around fun festive events like dances, brass bands, parades of coaches and preparing traditional dishes, etc.

The region of Vega Baja has been a predominantly agrarian society, and as a society that depends entirely on the nature which is dependent on the avenues of the river, or the opposite of drought, which has been the custom from ancient times to request mediation to the patron saints for rain, the so-called "Pro Pluvier pray" (currently still do) or to stop flooding. Although not belonging to the category of employers there are many other parties that hold a special significance related to the above, It is to say the relationship that exists in this region with nature.

Moors and Christians IconMoors and Christians

Historical commemorations are represented by the Moors and Christian festivals that make up a multicoloured mosaic of music, fireworks, light and colour.

Parties of Moors and Christians

For over 700 years the region of Vega Baja was under Muslim rule. During this time the battles between the two sides were many religious and developed throughout the region. Thus the festival of Moors and Christians has a strong cultural content, as it commemorates an historic event of great importance. This party as says Manuel Oliver (Cultural Ecology of the Vega Baja del Segura, 1993), has its origins in the sixteenth century: "It is attested document the existence of this commemoration, at least in Orihuela, safely from the sixteenth century, In that there was celebrated a sham of fight of Moors and Christian who had a career as a stage between the old bridge and the square of the Cathedral. (...), possibly to imitation they were celebrated in other places in all that they had the sufficient entity".

It is a fact that when in 1609 King Philip III issued the decree of expulsion of the Moors, in many places began to celebrate these expulsions thanking the patron, through processions and fireworks in.

Despite of this origin of party in the district of Vega Baja begins to revive and develop the party as we see today, in the early seventies, with common characteristics in all the villages that are celebrated like, fireworks, the parades and the captures of the castle.

From here there are small variations, since each festival commemorates the reconquest of the locality in some moment of the Middle Ages. All of them are celebrated in honour of a patron saint or legend "helped" or "Illuminate" to recapture the town.

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Holy week IconHoly week

Step of The Lavatory

The Holy Week has an Special repercussion that, besides gathering the religious devotion and the popular fervor, they turn into museums of art outdoors, thanks to the steps that take part in the parades processionals, for the streets of the majority of the villages.

The Holy Week is one of the most important events in the festive calendar of the Catholic Church that begins the Palm Sunday and finishes the Easter Sunday. The Holy Week on having been governed by the liturgical calendar of the Catholic Church, the dates are mobile and can vary between March and April every year.

In the region of Vega Baja, Easter is celebrated by great participation, since the parades processionals attract a great number of persons who turn the streets of the villages of the region into countless samples of religious fervour, penance and colour. The fraternity and confraternities, their images are representing the Passion of Jesus Christ, to the beat of drums, bugles and marches, doing that the thrones to shoulders of costaleros and costaleras parade with order and devotion.

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