“Moors and Cristians and the Region of Alicante”

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Moors and Cristians in the Region of Valencian, after I saw the festival last year, I had an idea for a hack: to add a third group, the Atheists. We could make it the festival of Moros, Cristians, literally means Moors and Christians, and is a set of festival activities which are celebrated in many towns and cities of Spain, mainly in the southern Valencian Community; according to popular tradition the festivais commemorate the battles, combats and fights between Moors (or Muslims) and Christians during the period known as Reconquista (from the 8th century through the l5th century), in this festival, many groups parade in medieval or fanciful costumes.

The festivals represent the capture of the city by the Moors and the subsequent Christian reconquest special flavor by tradition and characteristics of a people who mantine its historical roots. The people that take part in the festival are usually enlisted in filaes or comparsas (companies that represent the Christian or Moor legions), and for several days, they parade with bombastic costumes loosely inspired by Medieval fashion. Christians wear fur, metallic helmets, and armor, fire loud arquebuses, and ride horses.

In contrast, Moors wear ancient Arab costumes, carry scimitars and ride real camels or elephants. The festival develops among shots of gunpowder, medieval music, and fireworks, and ends with the Christians winning a simulated battle around a castle.

My friends seemed enthusiastic at first. They know lots of local musicians, they could arrange for a band and appropriate music. (I suggested Also Sprach Zarathustra.) I also began imagining costumes; my idea was that we would dress as various kinds of scientists. The family also connected with the town government, and they said this would be approved as an official part of the festival. However, my other friends said this was too good to be true.

The most well-known Moors and Cristians festival takes place in Alcoi from 22 to 24 April, around the Feast Day of Saint George (Catalan: Sant Jordi ; Spanish: San Jorge). According to legend, after Jaime I of Aragon reconquered the city of Alcoi, the Moors, in turn, tried to recover it shortly after. But, when they were about to start the battle again, Saint George miraculously appeared to the Moors, who were frightened away.

Other remarkable Moros y Cristianos (spanish) festivals are celebrated in the towns of La Villa Joiosa (with its desembarc), Alcoy, Bocairente, Villena, Biar, Cocentuina, Aspe, Crevillent, El Campello, Elda, Benijofar, Muro Alcoy, Ontinyent, Oriola, Petrer, villajoyosa, Javea, province and some districts of Alicante city. The most ancient festival is celebrated in Caudete, Almansa (Albacete), dated from 1588.

 

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