Christians and Moors festival in Villena. Spain

The traditional and popular Christians and Moors festival will be held from the 4th to the 9th of September in Villena, the capital of Alto Vinalopó in Alicante. The celebrations were first held in 1474 when the Virgin was officially named the Patron Saint of the town.
Atalaya Castle

The Christians and Moors festival, which provide the setting for the celebrations in honour of the Patron Saint of the town- the Virgin of Virtues (de las virtudes), is the result of a fusion of religious and military celebrations both Christian and Moorish. Fourteen groups participate in the festival, seven for each of the parties who annually prepare their colourful and spectacular clothing for the processions with dedication.

The inhabitants participate in the festivities in a very intense and enthusiastic way, forming part of the groups and attending the celebrations in large numbers.

Moors and christians festival

Amongst the programmed events, which include numerous different activities, highlights include the opening procession of the bands, the Christian and Moorish “embajadas” and the Guerillas, in addition to others such as fireworks displays, concerts, pilgrimages, cavalcades, open-air celebrations, offerings of flowers to the Virgin, reveille and retreat, as well as the solemn procession in honour of the sacred image of the virgin.

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