Hijate celebrates its Moors and Christians festivals

The Hijate neighbourhood (Alcóntar) is preparing to celebrate its Moors and Christians festivities in honour of Saint Anthony of Padua.

This coming July 27th, the most populated neighborhood in the municipality will repeat the festivities that were taken up last year by a group of neighbors and that had the unconditional support of the City Council.

Those who attend the performance will be able to enjoy a simulation of a confrontation where the Moorish army prevails in battle against the Moorish formation. Divided into two acts, in the first, the Christian soldiers simulate a conversion to Islam and prepare the rebellion. This leads to the second part, a new battle where the roles are reversed and this time it is the Christians who subdue the Moors, whose lives are spared and expelled to Africa.

“The relationship between Moors and Christians is one of the strongest identity traits that exist in towns like ours,” says the mayor of Alcóntar, Antonio Ramón Salas. “In this sense, the City Council has decided to make a determined commitment to recovering our customs and traditions. In inland towns, keeping our roots alive is a way of resisting the emptying that rural areas are experiencing.”

 

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