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Moors and Christians Fiesta

Moors and Christians fiestas are celebrated all over Spain, but the Fiesta of Alcoy is one of the most colorful. Coinciding with the feast day of St. George, it commemorates the victory of Christians over the Moorish leader al-Azraq in 1276. The fiesta begins on the morning of April 22 with the entry of the Christians; the Moors arrive in the afternoon, dressed in Oriental costumes. On April 23, the relic of St. George is carried in procession to the parish church. On the third day, the battle is reenacted, and an apparition of St. George appears on the battlements of the castle. More...
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Moors and Christians Fiesta
Moors and Christians fiestas are celebrated all over Spain, but the Fiesta of Alcoy is one of the most colorful. Coinciding with the feast day of St. George, it commemorates the victory of Christians over the Moorish leader al-Azraq in 1276. The fiesta begins on the morning of April 22 with the entry of the Christians; the Moors arrive in the afternoon, dressed in Oriental costumes. On April 23, the relic of St. George is carried in procession to the parish church. On the third day, the battle is reenacted, and an apparition of St. George appears on the battlements of the castle.
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The festival has as its theme the conflicts between the Moors and Christians in Spain during the eighth to 15th century AD in the period known as the Reconquista. Eventually the Moors were defeated by the Christians which ended approximately 800 years of Moorish rule in Spain.

Although it is portrayed as a victory it should be recognized that during this period many national achievements were noted including in the fields of astronomy, art, mathematics and agriculture. Architecturally we still have evidence of the skills of the Islamic architects who built the Alhambra and mosques around Spain; many of these later being transformed into cathedrals and churches.

The Moors valued education and they were great proponents of a university education. They established public libraries and running water in hospitals. They constructed an aqueduct and developed a range of surgical instruments, to name just a few of their achievements.

Their occupation of Spain introduced many new and innovative ideas that surpassed those available in other parts of Europe. Their contributions to Spanish heritage are profound. The Moors and Christians festivities are a symbolic reminder of the rich and multi-cultural history that is Spain’s bedrock.
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The Moors, who were Muslims from Northern Africa, conquered Spain in the eighth century, but by the late 1200s they had lost most of the territory they'd gained to the Christians, with whom they were constantly doing battle. By the end of the fifteenth century Spain was a Christian country under the Catholic rule of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. Dozens of Moors and Christians fiestas are held throughout Spain at varying times of the year to commemorate the Christians' victory, and traces of them can even be seen in the celebrations of other countries where the Spanish influence remains strong. But none is more elaborate or colorful than the Moors and Christians Fiesta held in Alcoy, in the southeastern province of Alicante, Spain, on April 22-24.

The date of the festival has less to do with the day on which, in 1276, the Christians defeated the Moorish leader, Al-Azraq, than with the fact that April 23 is ST. GEORGE'S DAY. According to legend, the Moors seized the castle of Alcoy in the morning and were on the verge of winning the battle. But then the Christians made a fervent appeal to ST . GEORGE and were able to reverse their fortunes in the afternoon.
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