EASTER FESTIVITIES – COSTA BLANCA
Easter is the annual Christian commemoration of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. Therefore, it is a period of intense liturgical activity within the various Christian confessions. It begins with Palm Sunday and ends on Resurrection Sunday, although its celebration usually begins the previous friday in several places (Friday of Dolores).
The date of the celebration is variable (since March and April depending on the year) since it depends on the lunar calendar.
Preceded by the time of Lent, the institution of the Eucharist celebrates the holy week on Holy Thursday, commemorates the Crucifixion of Jesus on Good Friday and the Resurrection at the Easter Vigil during the night of Holy Saturday to Easter Sunday. During the Holy Week there are numerous samples of popular religiosity throughout the world, highlighting the processions and the representations of the Passion.
WHAT FESTIVITIES ARE THERE IN OUR AREA?
TEULADA – MORAIRA
It is traditional these days to savor the typical “Mona de pascua” that you can find in traditional ovens.
LA MONA DE PASCUA
The name Mona comes from the Arabic word monus which means gift a gift. It seems that these “monas” were made by women towards the 16th century. At Easter and after the hardships of Lent and fasting, original foods were prepared for the celebration. So this bread was given different shapes by placing an egg in the center (symbol of fertility) subject to two strips of bread dough in cross to prevent the egg from jumping during cooking.
Traditionally, godparents or grandparents used to give it to their children or grandchildren, in a small carrycot (Cabasset) until they took the 1st Communion. It was made with as many eggs as the child had years hence the different sizes of the “monas”.
At the time of the snack children, recited the phrase: “Aquí em pica, aquí em cou, aquí em menge la mona y aquí em trencque l´ou”
pointing both shoulders and mouth to finish breaking the egg on the forehead.
The Holy Week in Calpe
In recent years, it has recovered an extraordinary dynamism. Four brotherhoods, relatively young, join together with the Festival Commission and the parishes of Our Lady of the Snows and Our Lady of Mercy, to organize a complete and extensive program coordinated by the Greater Board of Brotherhoods and Brotherhoods of Easter.
The fervor of the calpinos is divided into four brotherhoods: The Brotherhood of the Christ of the Gypsies, The Powerful, the Brotherhood of Jesus the Nazarene, the Brotherhood of the Christ of the Three Falls and the Brotherhood of Silence. Together with them the Festeros responsible for the procession of Domingo de Ramos and Encuentro, and whose festeras become the “dolorosa” of the Virgen de Dolores.
Holy Week thus becomes a religious, cultural and tourist event, the devotion and fervor that emerges from each act is linked to a great aesthetic and cultural value. And at the same time Holy Week is a tourist attraction, in an attraction that is worth visiting Calp these dates.
Semana Santa – El Día de la Ereta (Finestrat)
Tradition has it that every Monday of Easter, in the place where the mayor decided, the stalls of nougat were placed and the couple used to have a snack together.
The bride wore the “mona” and the boyfriend did the “pesada”, which consisted of buying nougat, sugared almonds or other sweets, according to the possibilities of each.
The competition that was established among the boys was such that sometimes the circumstance occurred that some rich man bought the position for his girlfriend and the others remained “composed and without a girlfriend”, since many couples broke up.
The fact of going up to the “Font del Molí” to eat the “mona” of Easter has become a fixed and unavoidable date for the citizens of Finestrat, a day of joy and conviviality in a privileged spot to enjoy the best products of the area.
Dedicated to the Purísima Xiqueta, the fourth Sunday of the month. Religious acts, concerts, parades, bous al carrer, fireworks.
Special days dedicated to the “ribereros”, and als “fadrins” (singles).
Processions, coronation of the Queen of the Holidays, bullfights, musical performances, fireworks, mascletaes, giant paella, floral offerings, singles’ day, etc …
As in the rest of the Old Kingdom of Valencia, the feast of San Vicente Ferrer is celebrated on the Monday after Easter. People from La Nucía, L’Alfas del Pì and Altea come to its hermitage.
At present, the festivity has grown spectacularly. During three days there are many acts that gather many people in the hermitage and its surroundings.
The mayorales of the parties of August of the Nucia, along with the City councils of the Nucia, L’Alfas of the Pí and Altea, coordinated by theAssociació II Centenario de L’Ermita de Sant Vicent del Captivador,
who are in charge of organizing the celebrations in honor of the Patron Saint of the Ancient Kingdom of Valencia.
During these four days there are activities of all kinds from regional dances and performances of Valencian folk groups, to pedestrian races, barbecues or concerts.
Xalónia is more than 48 hours of continuous programming: concerts, culture, trade, sports, tasting and children’s activities complete a weekend offer for all audiences.
Xalónia has five fundamental pillars: The Wine Festival and the Picaeta, the Xalónia Music Festival, the Handicrafts and Trade Fair, the Mercat de la Terra and the Valencian Trophy of Muixerangues. In short, a tsunami of activities aimed at all those who love the most traditional elements of Xaló and ultimately the Valencian people.
In Benidorm there is a very complete agenda with a week full of events that will take place in different places and parishes of Benidorm. Check here the schedules.