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Moors and Christians, 1 to 13 September
Moors and Christians The Council of the city of Murcia announces in 1495 the celebrations of Saint Patrick in commemoration of the Christian victory in the battle of the Alporchones Moors and Christians
Christmas parties Murcia
Christmas parties Murcia The firing of the Tree marks the beginning of Christmas while nativity scenes and markets are installed in plazas and churches. The fiesta culminates with the great Cabalgata de Reyes. Christmas parties Murcia
Bando de la Huerta
Bando de la Huerta Bando de la Huerta, declared of International Tourist Interest, is the name given to the big day of the Spring Festival. Bando de la Huerta
The burial of the sardine
The burial of the sardine The Burial of the Sardine is a popular and festive parade that culminates the acts of the Spring Festival and is declared of International Tourist Interest. The burial of the sardine
Easter week.
Easter week From March 26 to April 1. The Holy Week of Murcia means in the generosity of its Nazarenes, in the baroque and expressive beauty of its steps, in its music, its light and its smell of orange blossom. Easter week
Make night, night and day, day and live with joy.
HOLY WEEK

HOLY WEEK

Festival declared of International Tourist Interest

 

Semana Santa

 

Holy Week in Murcia is a explosion of beauty, excess and passion. The processions express the Murcian way of being and feeling, their love and their faith.

 

Semana Santa

 

Each procession has its own identity that differs from the rest: from the recollection and solemnity of the Christ of Faith and Christ of Refuge - Procession of Silence - to the explosion of colour and beauty of Christ of the Blood -The Coloraos, or “reds” - and the Brotherhood of Our Father Jesus - The Salzillos. This is a Holy Week very different and unique from any other, a one-of-a-kind in the whole world, and one of the aspects that most defines the city and its festivals.

A visit to Murcia in Holy Week means viewing the artistic treasures of the pasos, the impressive processional floats that turn the streets into open-air museums. But it also means viewing images that, the rest of the year, remain closed up inside convents.

 

Semana Santa

 

This generosity is one of the hallmarks of Murcians, something that is very evident in the processions, most of which hand out sweets, hard-boiled eggs and a myriad of other treats to spectators. It is undoubtedly one of the most stand-out attractions for visitors.
From Friday of Sorrows until Easter Sunday, you can enjoy dozens of events, from image displays to processions. With one exception, every brotherhood has a procession once each year.

 

Semana Santa

The beauty of their images is another attraction of Holy Week in Murcia. As well as the works of the finest mind of the Spanish Baroque, Francisco Salzillo, there is his father Nicolás, his best disciple Roque López, and the magnificent anatomies of Alsace sculptor Nicolás de Bussy. Salzillo also began an artistic tradition in Murcia that still persists today, with great contemporary sculptors still creating pasos for the Murcian brotherhoods.

 

Semana Santa

 

Also of note is the age of some of these sculptures, such as the Cristo de la Salud, which dates back to the late 15th-early 16th century, and the great emotion aroused by some of these images, around which a whole series of devotional acts with great citizen participation have developed, as is the case with the Cristo del Amparo and the Christ of Forgiveness.

 

Being in Murcia in Holy Week fills all your senses with emotion, beauty, joy and devotion.

Semana Santa

 

Semana Santa

 

 

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Bando de la Huerta

BANDO DE LA HUERTA

Festival declared of International Tourist Interest

 

Bando de la huerta

 

The Murcian festival par excellence. It is always held on the first Tuesday after Holy Week, Easter Tuesday, and begins the Spring Fiestas. It is a day of celebration of huertana traditions, so closely linked to the history of the city itself.

The city becomes one big Huerta for a day, in which tens of thousands of people in regional dress descend on the streets. The men in zaragüelles (trousers), vests and monteras (caps), and the women in refajos (skirts), aprons and shawls. What most characterises and differentiates huertana clothing is the richness of its embroidery, and the number of adornments that the complete the look.

 

Bando de la huerta

 

The day of the Bando is an explosion of colour and joy, in which all the city and the Huerta takes part, either in the parade or as part of the crowd. No visitor can escape the joy and elation of the day, nor can they help but feel happy to take part in an event of this magnitude.

 

Bando de la huerta

 

In the most important plazas and gardens, during the days that precede the parade, the peñas huertanas - groups of people from the Huerta - set up their famous “barracas” or huts. Open from the final procession on Easter Sunday until the following Sunday, they offer traditional Murcian cuisine, put on folkloric performances and recreate the dwellings and ancient customs of the Huerta. They are open to the public throughout the week, but on the most popular days of the festivals it is advisable to book in advance to eat.

In order not to forget our huertano past, the peñas huertanas play a major part in the proceedings and take significant names such as La Seda (The Silk), El Tablacho (dam gate), La Esparteña (typical huertano shoe), El Zaragüel (typical huertano trousers), El Azahar (orange blossom), among others. 

The day begins early with a floral offering to the Virgin of the Fuensanta, patron of the city, left in front of the Baroque façade of the Cathedral. In the afternoon, the parade sets off from the Infante Don Juan Manuel neighbourhood and moves through the centre of the city, handing out the products which fill their floats.

 

Bando de la huerta

 

Yet another sign of Murcian generosity.

 

Bando de la huerta

 

The origin of this festival dates back to 1851, though it has been held on approximately 120 occasions. In its early stages it may have been closely linked to the city’s carnival celebrations.

The Bando de la Huerta has a junior version, usually held on Easter Sunday in the afternoon, in which kids can recreate the grown-up procession, where they have a number of floats and give out sweets to the spectators.

 

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Burial of the sardine

BURIAL OF THE SARDINE

Festival declared of International Tourist Interest

 

Entierro de la sardina

 

This unique and original fiesta takes place on the Saturday after Easter Sunday.  Together with the Bando de la Huerta, it is the other major Murcian festival, and also marks the city’s Spring Fiestas.

 

Entierro de la sardina

 

The Burial of the Sardine is a magical, unmissable event. This pagan celebration mixes mythology, fire, and above all, an overflowing joy that pervades every corner of Murcia. 

 

Entierro de la sardina

 

The parade itself is several kilometres long, and consists of two different parts. The head has brass bands, dancers, all kinds of groups to liven up the party, a Chinese style dragon which has impressed spectators for decades by breathing fire, people on stilts, or giants, and people wearing huge heads (cabezudos). The second part is made up of floats adorned with Greek motifs and dedicated to the Olympian Gods, which accompany the Sardine until it is burned next to the Town Hall. Thousands of toys, of all shapes and sizes are given out from the floats, the most notable being the overused whistle!

 

Entierro de la sardina

 

The festival is organised by the “Grupos Sardineros”, who stir the city into excitement with their parades in the days leading up to the event. This is particularly true of Saturday morning on the boulevard Alfonso X el Sabio, where a widely attended and informal parade takes place.

On that day, Murcia receives tens of thousands of visitors from across the region and many other provinces, enticed by a fiesta that fills the city with joy and fun for all.

At the end of the parade, at no fixed time but usually in the small hours, the sardine, a cardboard-stone sculpture similar to the fallas, is burnt in a purifying fire under a spring sky lit by an impressive fireworks display.

 

Entierro de la sardina

 

The Burial of the Sardine is accompanied by a variety of festivities that take place during the Spring Fiestas, the most notable of which is the Will of the Sardine. The night before the parade, Doña Sardina, represented by a woman chosen by the “Sardineros”, reads the Last Will and Testament of the Sardine from the balcony of the town hall, making humorous references to public events and characters.

The origin of this festival in Murcia dates back to the 19th century, where it used to precede Lent. Over time the date of its celebration moved to the city’s week of celebrations, but it has not lost its carnival spirit.

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September Feria

SEPTEMBER FERIA

 

Romería Fuensanta

 

This fair is held in the first fortnight of September, granted by King Alfonso X the Wise, and takes in a wide range of celebrations. These include the fun fair, the bullfighting fair, the cattle fair, the Moors and Christians fiesta and the Pilgrimage to La Fuensanta.

 

Bando de la huerta

 

The Moors and Christians commemorates the founding of Murcia by the Moors and the conquest of the city by Alfonso X the Wise. Throughout the period of the fiesta, they set up their camps (kabyles and mesnadas) on the Paseo del Malecónen, which can be visited in the evening for a drink. They also parade on several occasions with their “armies” through the centre of the city. Their eye-catching clothing together with the gun powder and the music, add a touch of historical colour to the September Feria.

 

Moros y cristianos

 

The September Pilgrimage extremely well attended, as well as historical. It commemorates the solemn coronation of the Virgin. The pilgrimage accompanies the city’s patron saint, the Virgin of La Fuensanta, to her sanctuary. This is always a local holiday in the city’s calendar, which, together with the great participation and rejoicing, makes it one of the most important holidays in Murcia.

Over the course of the Feria you can also enjoy the big funfair at La FICA, as well as the various bullfighting events and traditional huertana food that can be sampled on Paseo del Malecón at the Huertos areas.

 

Feria FICA

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Three Cultures Murcia

THREE CULTURES MURCIA

Murcia can boast of being a place in which various peoples and cultures have coexisted peacefully over the course of its history. This is what happened in the Middle Ages with Islamic, Jewish and Christian cultures. 

This example of coexistence and tolerance is recalled during the month of May with the Three Cultures Murcia Festival, through a series of artistic events: a large number of concerts, mostly free, fill the main streets and plazas of the city.

 

Tres Culturas

 

There is also theatre, films, exhibitions, conferences, various public shows and a huge variety of artistic events deeply rooted in Islam, Judaism and Christianity; cultures that coexist in the Mediterranean and that historically, have shaped the appearance of the city and the opening and welcoming character of Murcians.

 

Tres Culturas

 

May’s excellent weather encourages families to come and enjoy this festival, which each year attracts more and more visitors from outside of the Region of Murcia. It is now one of the best world music festivals in Spain.

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Christmas

CHRISTMAS

The Christmas period in Murcia fills the city with countless events designed to be enjoyed by all the family. Museum workshops, the craft fair, various nativity scenes, countless religious events, and the Three Kings Parade.

 

Navidad

 

The calendar of festivities in Murcia starts at Easter. The Christmas festivities begin with the “Cuadrillas de Ánimas” and “Campanas de Auroros”, pious brotherhoods who walk the paths of the Huerta on Christmas Eve, under the protection of the Virgen del Rosario de la Aurora, asking the neighbours for the “aguinaldo” and announcing the birth of Jesus.

On Epiphany we have the Mystery plays, ancient religious dramas put on by the residents of some nearby towns, especially Churra and Patiño.

The craft fair is located on Paseo Alfonso X up to Puente de la Constitución, offering visitors the chance to buy typical Murcian products, from sweets and cheese to nativity scenes.

 

Feria artesanía de Navidad

 

Murcia’s plazas and churches are also full of nativity scenes - the belén tradition of Murcia is famous worldwide. There are markets, and the traditional Three Kings Parade is also held, together with other festive events to bring together friends and strangers.

 

Belén de la Peña La Pava

 

The City Council also runs a comprehensive program of activities for children, allowing them to enjoy the main spots around the city free of charge.

 

Navidad actividades

Actividades en Navidad

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Moros and Christians

MOROS AND CHRISTIANS

 

Moros y cristianos

 

The festival of Moors and Christians of Murcia was conceived during the commemorative events of the 1150 years of the Foundation of Murcia. Two years later, in June 1983, the Association of Fiestas was created and that same year, in September, the parades began.

 

 

Five were the founding groups of this Association: Mudéjares, Abderramán II, Ib-Arabí, Aben-Mardenix, for the Moro side; And, the Knights of the Temple, by the Christian.

 

Moros y Cristianos

 

In that first parade of the year 1983 was received the support of groups coming from Abanilla and Orihuela.

 

Moros y cristianos

 

Throughout these years of existence, more Groups have been created, this Federation being, at the present time, composed of eight kabbalists and seven mesnads.

 

Moros y cristianos

 

Although the festive Murcia program extends over eight days, which are always the previous to the pilgrimage Septembrina, the Virgin of the Fuensanta, we can say that the Trilogy Festera murcia is centered on Saturday, Sunday and Monday before the cited Pilgrimage.

 

Moros y cristianos

 

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