Dénia: The feasts of Moors and Christians
Every year, the city of Dénia hosts the oldest festival of Moors and Christians in the whole region of Valencia. As every year, the festivities will take place from 13 to 16 August.
The origins of these festivals
These festivities are very old as they date back to 1599. Indeed, despite the regular attacks of the Moors and the capture of Christians later enslaved, the city of Dénia was already celebrating these battles.
The man of trust of King Philip III of Spain, the Duke of Lerme, was also Marquis of Dénia. During one of his visits to the city, he organized festivities representing Moors and Christians for the ruler from 12 to 18 February 1599.
The feasts of Moors and Christians today
It was from the 1980s that these festivities began to gain fame, especially thanks to the associations of extras and the parade of Moors and Christians.
These festivals always take place on the same dates, in August and begin with a reconstruction of the Moors landing in the city's port. Then comes the ceasefire, which inaugurates cohabitation between the two peoples. This is broken by the Moors, which breeds the revenge of Christians.
Children parade in elegant outfits on August 14. The peak of the festivities took place the following day, August 15, when the two enemy armies took possession of the city through parades in ceremonial attire. The ensemble is accompanied by music of the time and lights that highlight this demonstration of superiority. The beauty of the costumes and the authenticity of the festivities plunge the city of Dénia into an atmosphere full of mystery and magic.
August 16 closes the festivities with the reconstitution of the landing of the Christian troops who come to fight the Moorish enemies. Shortly after the beginning of the fighting, the miracle of fog arose. Thus, according to the stories of the time, a thick mist invaded the Moorish army. The latter becomes completely disoriented and loses the battle