Buñol, during the last Wednesday of August,
is the site of a bizarre festival. It is literally a food fight
featuring thousands of people and tons of tomatoes being flung at
each other. No one can be a mere spectator and nobody in the range
of the combatants is spared. Legend has it that the festival grew
out of a squabble in town which quickly developed into a mass brawl.
The event has gained international recognition in spite of authorities
trying to stop it.
Las Fallas (19 March)
Huge papier-mâché monuments (fallas)
are erected in the crossroads and squares of Valencia and ceremonially
set alight. This tradition is incorporated into the Christian calendar
and dedicated to Saint Joseph. The festival has grown to rank among
the most important in Spain. It has spawning a mini-industry with
workshops turning out incredible giant effigies, and fireworks.
The festival lasts for a week and costs thousands of Euros.
Moors and Christians
Alcoi (Alicante) - Two armies representing the
Moors and Christians all dressed in elaborate hand made costumes
march into the city, where they perform ceremonies and fight mock
battles in commemoration of the expulsion of the Moors from the
region during the reconquest.
Other traditional events and celebrations included
in the cultural calendar of Valencia are
Bullfighting / Corridas
Bullrunning and Pamplona
Carnival / Carneval
Fogueres de San Juan
Semana Santa / Holy Week
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