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Fiestas de Fogueres

Fiestas de Fogueres
June 18
17:26 2012

These are the town fiestas which are in Honour of the patron San Juan.  They started on the 9th with the proclaiming of the queens of the fiestas and finish on the night of the 24th of June. We are now in the second week and there are different events on everyday, these involve bull running, dancing, theartre, music, childrens games and sports competitions along with the more traditional wake up call, “passe calles” street parades, flower offerings, float parade and final burning of the hoguera along with a spectacular firework display.

The tradition has been going on for centuries, but the Hogueras and festivities of today have existed in their present form since 1928. This fiesta has only been celebrated in Javea since 1951. The celebratory bonfires were originally part of an agricultural pagan ritual marking June 21, the longest day of the year. The basic  of these rituals are fire, water and the sun. Legend has it that the bonfires that burn on this night can cure diseases of the skin and cleanse the body and soul. One can even change a bad year into a good one simply by jumping over the bonfire a minimum of three times.

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The religious undertones of Las Hogueras, and its attachment to the feast day of San Juan (Saint John) came as an afterthought.

For your information on the next page is a complete list of activities for each day and where they are happening.

Monday 18th

16.00 h.  Football championship in the Polideportivo Municipal. Registration T.: 626 303 317

19.00 h. Bull running in Avda. Palmela.

22.00 h.  Flamenco night in Parque Reina Sofía (Thiviers).

00.00 h.  “Toro embolado” contest (Bull with fire on the horns). Afterwards disco-music till 04.00 h.

Tusday 19th

16.00 h.  Second part of football championship in the Polideportivo Municipal.

17.00 h.  Bull running for children.

17.00 h.  “Raspall” championship (traditional valencian game) between peñas in Trinquet of Xàbia.

19.00 h.  Bull running in Avda. Palmela.

22.00 h.  Sainete (Theatre in Valencian) “Soldats I Criaes” in Placeta del Convent.

00.00 h.  Bull running and “toro embolado” (Bull with fire on the horns). Afterwards disco-music till 04.00

Wednesday 20th

09.00 h. The effigies are constructed during the “plantà” at Pl. Constitución and Pl. Convent.

13.00 h.  Paella contest in Parque Montaner (registration till 19 June).

17.30 h.  Children games in Pl. Convento.

19.00 h.  “Dansá Infantil” Traditional Valencian Dances performed by children in Pl. Convento.

22.00 h.  Rondallas contest (traditional music of Valencia) in Pl. del Convento.

22.30 h. Dancing with the orchestra Costa Este in Freginal.

00.00 h.  Concert night: La Fuga and Los del Gas in Pl. Constitución. Afterwards disco-music till 05.00

Thursday 21th

14.00 h.  Giant paella for everybody in Parque Montaner.

17.00 h.  Final of “Raspall” championship (traditional valencian game) between peñas in Trinquet.

18.00 h.  Performance of the choir of the Asociación de jubilados of Xàbia (retired people) in Centro Social.

18.30 h.  PARADE to visit the different areas of Xàbia from Pl. Marina Alta.

20.00 h.  Dancing in the Placeta del Convento with Bradmis.

21.30 h.  Serenade to the Queens by the Tuna of Xàbia.

22.30 h.  Dancing with Pacific Blue in Freginal.

23.30 h.  “A hard day´s night” with the legendary band Rain of Xàbia, Pl. Constitución. Afterwards disco music till 05.00 h.

Friday  22th

11.30 h.  PARADE to visit the decorated streets.

19.00 h.  Flowers offering to Sant Juan, Plaza de la Iglesia.

21.30 h.  Theater with the Asociación de jubilados of Xàbia (retired people) in Freginal.

22.30 h.  “Dansà popular al carrer nou” (traditional dancing) with Grup de Danses Portitxol.

00.00 h.  Concert of Melendi in Pl. de la Constitución. Afterwards disco music till 06.00 h.

Saturday  23th: Traditional focs burning

10.00 h.  Children games with Loco Park in Freginal

12.00 h.  Traditional “Raïms i Bacores” offering to Sant Joan.

19.00 h.  Peñas parade

21.30 h.  Theater with the Asociación de jubilados of Xàbia (retired people) and “coro rociero” (traditional music from Andalucía) in Freginal

00.00 h.  Traditional Sant Joan FOCS burning. Following, the burning of “Hoguera de trastos viejos” (burning of old junk) in C/ Raval de Baix.

02.00 h.  Magic CORREFOCS by the Xarxa Teatre, from C/ Raval de Baix to Pl.Constituciò.

Afterwards, music by the band Empopados.


Sunday  24th: Sant Joan´s day

10.00 h.  PARADE to pick up the Queens, their courts and the presidents of the Fiestas in order to attend          the mass in honour of Sant Joan.

10.00 h.  MASS  in the Plaza Xàtiva followed by chocolat and sweetmeats for all

12.00 h.  MASS in honour of Sant Joan in the Church Sant Bertomeu with “l´Orfeó de Xàbia” and “La Orquesta Jove del Conservatori”

13.30 h.  “MASCLETÀ” (loud firework display) at the parking in Av. Palmela.

19.00 h.  FLOAT PARADE. At the end, procession of all participants to the Pl.Convent.

22.00 h.  Burning of the children’s Foguera in Pl. Convent.

23.00 h. Music by the band Primera Plana at Pl. Constitución.

00.00 h.  FIREWORKS MUSIC-DISPLAY at Pl. Constituciò. Afterwards, BURNING OF THE BIG FOGUERA. Then, music by the band Primera Plana.

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