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Moors & Christians in SAX


Bellow is a timetable of Events during the Month of the Moros & Christianos

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Moros y Cristianos

The most important and well known celebrations in Sax, are those of "MOORS and CHRISTIANS", which is celebrated in honour of San Blas, Patron of Villa de Sax since 1627 the Saje�os promised in a solemn vote to celebrate day of San Blas, to demonstrate their devotion and gratefulness to him for freeing them of an epidemic of wars  and to recall the events that took place in this area that ended at the conquest of Sax (until then held by the Moors), by the troops of Jaime I, in 1239.  Originally the festival of San Blas was no more than a religious function in the church attended by all of the neighbours and a series of firings of weapons done in honour of The Saint, by the militia, showing its training in the exercise of the arms.  These powder firings and explosions became an obligatory part of the festival integrating itself with time in the celebration of the festival  as the one of its main representative acts but the celebration continued to evolve and in the early 19th, the military display ended, in the appearance of the Moors and Christians,  which now gives its name to the Celebrations.  With the conclusion of the War of Morocco, in 1860 the comparsa Morocco was established.  In 1874 a group of liberal and republican Saje�os founded the Comparsa de Garibaldinos, in tribute to the hero of the Italian unification.  In 1920 another Comparsa, the Turks was created.  The celebrations of Moors and Christians were growing throughout the last century in splendour and participation.  From 1942 the Celebrations last five days (from the 1 to the 5 of February), In 1970 comparsa Alagoneses is created in memory of D.Artal de Alag�n, a Christian horseman who died in this area in 1239 during Reconquista.  The Seventies saw a spectacular impulse to the growth and spectacle of the Celebrations of San Blas, and in 1973 a new comparsa was born called  The Arab Emirs.  The youngest of the comparsas, the Horsemen of Cardona, was established in 1989, coinciding with the 750 anniversary of the events that took place in our town in the distant past in the 13th Century, and which  are continued to be recalled in the main acts of the Celebrations of Moors and Christians of Sax: IE: Entrance, Retreat, Procession of the Candlemas, Slope of Santo, Morning calls, Act of the preacher, Greater Mass, Procession of San Blas, Parades, Embassies, Ascent of Santo, Mass of Thanks, Raffle of Gifts to Santo, Change of Captains and Parade of New Captains.  These celebrations of Moors and Christians, dedicated to San Blas, continue to grow year after year, with some 3000 participants from eight comparsas taking part in the celebrations.  Photos will be Posted in the Middle of Next Month........Also please note that all times shown are approx

Programme of Events for the Moros y Cristianos Sax 2006

  1st Feb

11:00 am Parade of the Bands Gran Via.

11:30 am The Grand Opening Ceremony.

17:00 pm Afternoon Parade from �Puente Picayo�.

21:40 pm Informal Parade including Firework display.  

 

 

 2nd Feb

08:30 am Diana, Early morning Reveille with local Brass Band Gran Via with mortars and Gun Fire.

09:00 am Blessed Virgin Procession and Mass and Candle Procession, with escorting Troops Firing Blunderbuss.

12:45 pm At the Church, Mass in Honour of the Blessed Santa Misa and Candle Blessing.

16:30 pm San Blas is brought down from the chapel to the main church, escorted by Cristianos Troops firing Guns to arrive at the main Church around 21:30
 

 

 3rd Feb

08:30 am Formal Parade in the Gran Via, of the eight Military Groups With their Bands the first four bands are Christian with the following four are Moors.

10:00 am Beautiful Religious Parade to the Church.

11:00 am High Mass in the church.

12:30 pm San Blas Procession Gran Via.

18:30 pm The Christians Parade and Occupy the castle in the Cervantes Square, Moors and Christians battle for the Castle.

 

 

 

 4th Feb

08:30 am Diana Early morning �Reveille� with massed bands from all over the region in the Gran Via.

09:00 am San Blas is returned to the chapel on the hill escorted by troops firing Blunderbuss in intervals arriving in the Hermitage San Blas around 13:00.

18:30 pm The Christians Parade and occupy the castle in Cervantes Square, Christians and Moors Battle.

 

 

 5th Feb

09:00 am Morning �Reveille� with massed Bands from all over the region Gran Via.

10:15-10:30 am Mass in San Blas Square.

12:00 am An Auction of gifts to the patron Saint and election of �Captains� for the Troops.

18:30 pm A parade of the New �Captains� for the new year. To include the swirling of Banners this is the really big parade and not to be missed.

 

Enjoy this fantastic town festival, for a small town it is something very big in their calendar, The children will enjoy this sight and the sounds. But wrap up warm .

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