Festivals Month by Month
Mojácar, quiet and calm, becomes very lively during its festivals, in which are evident its past, its culture and the art of its people. Of special note are Carnival (February), St. Augustine (August) and Moors and Christians (June), the latter a very beautiful and colourful receeation of historical events.
CARNIVAL. February. Taking place before Lent, this pagan festival fills the streets with people wearing highly original costumes and fills the air with original songs. The procession along the main beach road is a colourful musical extravaganza.
BURIAL OF THE SARDINE. Ash Wednesday. Literay the Sardine´s funeral, this celebration, taking place one carnival is over, signals the transition from earthly pleasure to spiritual contemplation.
ANDALUSIA DAY. 28th February. This day is celebrated with various concerts, in wich the different municipal schools of music and dance always play an important part.
DIA DE LA VIEJA. The first Thursday in Lent. This is a day when the whole family goes to the countryside to enjoy a picnic. According to ancient tradition, “la vieja” or old woman, (a rag doll made on a wooden cross frame, dressed in tissue paper and whose head is full of sweets) is stuck into the ground. At the end of the day the doll is broken open and the sweets inside eaten.
HOLY WEEK. This celebration hovers between mysteries of the divine and the pagan. At night the beautiful religious images are borne silently throug the city streets on the shoulder of their bearers while spring in all its glory is welcomed by the lively atmosphere on the bars´ terrace. During the day there is a unique atmosphere mixing relaxation on the beach with the solemnity of the Old Quarter´s different places of interest.
PILGRIMAGE OF SAN ISIDRO. May. This pilgrimage takes places on the sunday closest to 15th May, when taking full advantage of the arrival of fine weather, the people of Mojácar travel in beautiful carriages bedecked with flowers and accompanied by a band to the hamlet of Sopalmo which lies within Mojácar´s municipal boundaries.
MOORS AND CHRISTIANS. The weekend nearest to 10th June. This fiesta celebrates the heroic deeds which led to the cultural religious interchange between Moors and Christians. This is Mojacar´s most important fiesta and everyone joins in. The hight point comes on Sunday afternoon with a grandiose procession which starts at Mojácar´s highest streets and ends in the lower part of the village, close to the fountain. More about it.
FIESTAS DE SOPALMO. Early August. In honor of Cristo Rey. This is Mojácar at its most genuine, when the Queen of the fiesta and her handmaidens are crowned and there is a traditional “corrida de cintas” competition of horsemanship, where riders must spear a small ring hanging from a ribbon.
FESTIVITIES OF SAN AGUSTIN. 28th August. Coinciding with the weekend, Mojácar celebrates its fiestas in honour of its patron saint. Festivities incluide sport, evening celebrations and corridas de cintas.The floral offering merits a special mention: women in traditional Mojácar costume carry their water pitchers full of water and flowers in a procession from the fountain to the church.
DIA DE LA PATRONA: VIGEN DEL ROSARIO. 7th October. This celebration of the Patron of Nuestra Señora del Rosario includes different activities, such as the traditional “corrida de cintas”. The townswomen married wear traditional dress.
CHRISTMAS IN MOJACAR. December. Christmas sees recital of popular carols, activities for children and the New Year celebration in the shadow of the church´s clock tower. This is followed on 5th January by the Epiphany parade. This is a fun family time where everyone, young and old alike, enjoy themselves.
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