Moors and Christians Festival Javea
THE MOORS AND CHRISTIANS FIESTA BEGINS IN XÀBIA THIS WEEKEND WITH A PRESENTATION OF THE TROOPS AND A FESTIVE MUSIC CONCERT
Beginning on Saturday at 20'45 hours, the fiesta will be announced in the Port with rockets firing and the ornamental lights being switched on. Shortly afterwards you can enjoy a parade through the streets of the port as they to pick up their kabilas and groups who will take to the stage installed on Avenida Jaume I at 22.00 to show off their costumes and their standards .
History of the Moors and Christians
Almost 800 years of coexistence between Muslims and Christians gives a lot of substance for the festival of Moors and Christians. You can participate in this historical play almost every month in some town or village of the Spanish Mediterranean coast.
There is hardly a castle without a role in the struggle for supremacy over Al-Andalus, an Arabic name for the land ruled by Muslims in 711-1492. In its widest it covered modern Spain, except for Asturias, most of Portugal and the southern part of France.
Fights between Moors and Christians lasted almost 800 years
In some towns the stage performance goes on for days, featuring the most important phases of local history. The scenes of many battles, schemes and alliances take place in town squares, castles, harbours etc.
Most of the plays start from the reconquest, the process by which Christians reconquered the Iberian peninsula. Depending on the town, the closing scene of the play involves the conversion of Moors to Christianity or their expulsion to Africa.