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Moors and Christians Festival Mojácar

The Moors and Christians Festival promotes the ideal of peaceful co-existence and mutual respect between cultures and religions, between Muslims, Christians and Jews.

By Nick Nutter | Last Updated 4 Jun 2022 | Almería | Events
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Moors and Christians Mojacar Image by Mojacar.es

The Moors and Christians Festival in Mojácar is the most important festival in that village’s calendar, more important even than the festivals for the local saints. This event is held to remember the peaceful and negotiated surrender of Mojácar and the surrounding villages to the Christian King at the end of the 15th century and promotes the ideal of peaceful co-existence and mutual respect between cultures and religions, between Muslims, Christians and Jews.

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Dates of the Mojácar Moors and Christians Festival

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Moors and Christians Mojacar Image by Mojacar.es

In 2022 the Moors and Christians Festival in Mojacar takes place between the 10th and 12th June.

Programme Mojacar Moors and Christians Festival

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Moors and Christians Mojacar Image by Mojacar.es

On Friday, June 10 at 12:00 p.m. the medieval market will open in the Plaza Nueva and in Glorieta street. There will be dozens of stalls with artisan products, food, drinks and even children's rides.

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From 1:00 p.m. the Kabila of the Old Moors and the Los Templarios barracks will open for the day party, with the accompaniment of music bands and the best gastronomy.

Late on Friday afternoon, the traditional delivery of the keys to the city will take place. At 7:00 p.m. the trabuqueros will gather in the multipurpose building of La Fuente, to later regroup all the troops at 7:30 p.m. in the Moorish fountain itself, where the Moorish king will hand over the keys to the Christians of Mojácar. Later, at 8:00 p.m., the troops will go up to the town, with music bands, fireworks and rifle salutes.

They will arrive at the Plaza Nueva at approximately 9:30 p.m. to pronounce the traditional proclamation after which the kábilas and barracks will officially open to eat, dance and drink until 4:00 a.m.

On Saturday, June 11, the activities move to the beach, although the medieval market, the kábilas and barracks will be open in the town. At 5:00 p.m. the trabuqueros will gather on Lance Nuevo beach, in front of Pueblo Indalo. At 6:00 p.m. there will be a horse ride and dressage exhibition, with shots from the sea and land.

Next, on the sand of the beach, the medieval tournament will take place. On the back of their steeds, Moors and Christians will fight for the handkerchiefs hung by the ladies. Finally, there will be a parade of troops along the coast, from the Ankara beach bar to the Red Cross post. At night the party moves to the town, in the barracks and kábilas until 4:00.

On Sunday, June 12, it will begin with gunpowder, with a barrage of Moorish and Christian riflemen on the beach of Las Ventanicas at 12:00. In the afternoon the great Moors and Christians parade will be held, departing at 6:30 p.m. They will walk the streets with their gala clothes, weapons, music bands and fanfares. This year the Cisneros will open the procession of Christians, followed, in this order, by the Templarios and the Bandoleros, who exercise the captaincy. The Moors will be led by the Tuareg Moxacar, followed by Moriscos Ali Olé, Aljama Mudéjar and the Moros Viejos, who hold the captaincy.

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