Do you know that there are dozens and dozens of festivities throughout the Region of Valencia? Fallas, La Tomatina, Moors and Christians, Fogueres, La Magdalena ... Do they sound familiar? You have to know them!
In the Region of Valencia there is always a party: the smell of gunpowder in Fallas, coinciding with San José or Palm Sunday and Holy Week in the springtime. Les Fogueres de Sant Joan fill the month of June with fire and art while the International Habaneras and Polyphony Contest takes place in July. La Tomatina de Buñol, the last Wednesday of August, is another of the classics. In September we have the Entry of Bulls and Horses of Segorbe and the calendar does not end there. In fact, it is full of multitudinous parties that should be lived, at least once in a lifetime. In April, Alcoy relives the Reconquista with the Moors and Christians, Requena celebrates its Fair and Harvest Festival in September, there are also the Algemesí festivities; in August, Elche remembers the Mystery and Castellón celebrates Magdalena on the third Saturday of Lent. All without mentioning the festivities of each town, among other celebrations. Do you realise what you're missing?
The Carnival of Villar del Arzobispo is undoubtedly one of the most famous carnivals in the Region of Valencia celebrated on February 28 and March 1 to 3.
An unusual, atypical nativity scene — the arrival of Christmas in the town of Alcoy is revealed by the installation of the Betlem de Tirisiti. Declared an Asset of Cultural Interest, it is a sample of local folklore in the form of a favourite standing puppet and rod puppet theatre. A nativity scene for adults and children that shows traditional scenes of the Alcoy of yesteryear with the liturgy of this type of representations.
At Christmas, the streets and houses are dressed in lights and flowers, and in the Region of Valéncia, we go beyond adding a Valencian flavour to our Christmas recipes and celebrating these festivities with unique events.
There is not a massive and festive event in the Region of València that is not celebrated with abundant pyrotechnics. Popular are the Fallas de València, the Bonfires of Alicante, the Moors and Christians of Alcoy or the Magdalena de Castellón. But one of the most representative shows, where firecrackers and fireworks take an unusual role among neighbours and visitors, is the Cordà de Paterna. A unique event of its kind that should not be missed.