Living in Spain and bringing up a Spanglish family during the current 'crisis' and trying various ways to make some 'dinero'. Enjoying life in the sun, crafting and blogging as much as possible.

26 Apr 2012

Moors & Christians Festivals

With one of my favourite events coming up this weekend I thought it would be appropriate to write a little about the Moors and Christians fiesta.

If you happen to be in the area this weekend then don't miss the Moors and Christians fiesta in is one not to be missed.

Click here for the program

Fiesta Moros y Cristianos (source)

This festival is more popular in the East of Spain, in Andalucia in the provinces of Granada and Almeria, It takes place on different many days through out the year depending on the locality.

The origins are obviously the battles following the re-conquest on the XVI and XVII century. The usual format for the fiesta is first a procession of the Moors and the Christians, then a theatrical enactment of verbal attacks and rejections by both groups, a battle enactment with skirmishes and dances, the conversion or the death of the moors, and finally homage to the patron saint.

Nowadays with greater affluence the uniforms are more spectacular. The Christians wear the uniforms of the soldiers of the re-conquest. The moors wear basic short sleeved cotton jackets.
See below for a list of many towns in the Granada Province that support the festival with the name of the patron Saint and the date.

Granada Province
San Luis Rey de Francia, 25 August

Aldeire, Virgin del Rosario, 31 Mayo

Benamaurel, Virgin de la Cabeza, last Sunday in April

Beznar, Virgin de la Dolores, 8-9 September

Bubion, San Sebastian, 21 January

Caniles, San Sebastian, 20 January

Capiliera, Virgin de la Cabeza, Last Sunday in April

Cogollos Guadix, Virgin de Cabeza, 25 April

Mecina Tedel, san Fermin, 2 May

Montejicar,Virgin de la Cabezo, 24-26 Agust

Molvizar, Santa Ana, 25-28 July

Orce, San Anton y San Sebastian, 17-19 Jan

Pampaneira, Santa Cruz, 3-4 May

Virgin Rocio, 8-9 September

Pozo Iglesias
San Torcauto, 13 May

San Sebastian, First week October

San Torcauto
San Torcauto, 15 May

San Antonio Padua, 12-14 June

San Marcos, 24-26 April

San Antonio, 13 June

Segundo Corazon de Jesus, 3 May

Santo de la Yedra, 15 Sep

Velez Benaudalla
S Antonio Padua, 13 June

V de la Cabeza, last Sun in April

Belmez de la Moraleda
Señor de la Vida o Cristo de la Moraleds, 19-22 August

Campilla de Arenas
Virgin de la Cabeza, 9-10 August

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