The town of Purchena has once again filled up to revive one of its most ancestral and nationally important events: the Moorish Games of Abén Humeya. The Provincial Council of Almeria and the Purchena Town Hall inaugurated this event, which runs until today July 30 and is of Andalusian Tourist Interest, on Thursday night after four years of absence.
The Town Square once again revived this great social, sporting, touristic and cultural festival that makes the municipality a provincial reference thanks to the institutional union, volunteering and the sponsorship of local companies (Omya and Gestagua).
The deputy for Culture and Cinema, Manuel Guzmán, expressed his surprise at being able to enjoy a festival of this magnitude for the first time: “It is one of the most important activities in Almería that combines history, sport, culture and tourism and makes the municipality of Purchena a benchmark in the province. This activity would not be possible without a united and committed people in which all the neighbours contribute their grain of sand so that we are here today”.
Similarly, Guzmán congratulated the municipality “for highlighting something that happened more than 450 years ago, the Moorish Rebellion, and that Purchena has been able to squeeze like no one else. From the Provincial Council we will continue to support an event that has been declared of National Tourist Interest in Andalusia”.
For his part, the mayor has expressly thanked the support of the Diputación de Almería and the sponsors (Omya and Gestagua): “Without their contributions it would be very difficult to celebrate the Moorish Games”. He also highlighted the “enthusiasm and fervour” of the people for the return of these festivities, which are an example thanks to the high level of volunteering and participation of the locals.
After the inauguration, the procession enjoyed the Moorish-style horse and ribbon races, as well as the shot put competitions of the ‘José Luis Martínez’ Trophy, in homage to the Bastestano shot putter. The music and dance of the Lubna Group was the cultural event that closed the first day.