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Fiestas in Spain

In Spain, you are not going to get bored because there are so many popular festivities spread throughout the year that there is always an interesting date on the calendar. It all starts with the Christmas celebrations and the Three Kings' rides that bring gifts to the children (the night of January 5). Normally in February the colourful Carnivals arrive, in March they surprise the immense statues that burn in the Fallas of Valencia, around April the solemnity of Holy Week and the joy of the April Fair and in summer the Bonfires of San Juan, the traditional bullfights of San Fermín or La Tomatina. These are just some examples of the best-known festivals in Spain, although you can find other curious and outright strange traditions all over the country. There are well over 250 fiestas or celebrations to choose from and I will endeavour to introduce you to most of them!

C.Valenciana - 9th October - The Day of The Valencian Community
07 October 2019 @ 18:19

 

The Day of the Valencian Community, (Día de la Comunidad Valenciana) marks the anniversary of King James I of Aragon's re-conquering of the city of Valencia from Moorish forces in 1238. It is also the Day of Saint Dionysius, a traditional festival for lovers, the Valencian “Valentine’s day”.

The custom on this day is to give the person you love the ‘mocadorà or mocaorà ‘which consists of a knotted silk scarf with miniature marzipan candies in the shapes of fruits and vegetables inside.

The most widespread version of the origin of this tradition is that Jaume I and his wife, Violante of Hungary, on their triumphal entry into the city of Valencia, after defeating the Muslims on October 9, 1238, they were met by their inhabitants with gifts of fruits and vegetables from the local orchard and farms, wrapped in silk handkerchiefs.

 

 

From 1331 this date was established to commemorate the founding of the Kingdom of Valencia, which over time became a celebration of marked festivity in which the worldly pleasures were given free rein.

Unfortunately, with the abolition of the regional code of law by Felipe V in 1707, the celebrations of the 9th of October were also banned.  However, all was not lost, and with the intention of  the 9th October not losing its festive character, the guild of bakers and confectioners of the city of Valencia impelled the celebration of Saint Dionysius (Sant Donís) as the "day of the lovers".

To this day, the Valencian bakeries prepare themselves thoroughly for the 9th October and cook thousands of marzipan miniatures; it is estimated that more than 80,000 kilos of marzipan are used to make about 250,000 "mocadoràs". In addition, the Guild of Bakers and Confectioners of Valencia convenes the Sant Donís Contest, to choose the best "mocadorà" and is the best showcase opportunity fro the bakeries and pastry shops throughout the city of Valencia. Last year’s winner of the 36th Edition was El Forn de Latzer. You can see some examples here and perhaps pay it a visit if you are in the area this year :

 

 



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