Chronicle of the holidays 2022 – Party Program 2023

Chronicle of the holidays 2022

Miguel Martínez Sempere

Official Party Chronicler

∞ 1793

Exactly ago 230 years, The botanist Antonio José Cavanilles visited us and left the following written in his notebook that is kept in the Botanical Garden of Madrid: "I left Biar on my way to Onil, On this path I did not see new plants; everything and mainly the pine forests abound with margall and here it is somewhat more grown. As soon as we leave the pine forest, we see the Castle and town of Banyeres built on top of a small hill., and at the top of it the Castle; Its streets are sloping and everything is covered by the head of a mountain that is already rising as a branch or first staircase to Mariola.. They were celebrating San Jorge that day in Banyeres., which they continued in the next with a great roar of shots and attacks; Damming the capture of the castle by the Moors and the dam that the Christians later made…”

as we see, the best notary who could attest to our festivities, just as we follow them today, He is the eminent author of Observations on the King of Valencia.

∞ 1883

Does 140 years, the teacher D. Victoriano Martínez was captain of the Comparsa de Cristianos and in his notebook we can read: "Year 1883 my brother and I had the Captain Major party at San Jorge (his brother was a canon of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Valencia), costing us both the sum of 4.200 real fleece, party that had never been seen before…”

For this party D. Francisco Berenguer Mora the Consequences, poet based in Vigo, he wrote the teacher a big sheet of 46 decimetes, in which apart from praising the captain and his standard bearer, in addition to dedicating seven decimetes to his Comparsa de Estudiantes, reflected the Bathtubs of the time in all its nuances: authority, iglesia, culture, Party, the Relic, to the Moors, to the ambassadors, to a dancer, to women, to an old man, to outsiders, to the theater etc..

We owe Maestro Martínez the shields of the Comparsa de Cristianos that year., the wheel of the Old Moors, the drawings of Saint George whose plates were distributed in Acapte, etc. Although also in 1869 He wrote the Regulations of the Comparsa de los Cristianos and at the end of the 19th century he left great works in the parish church such as the litter of San Jorge, the grave, other images, paintings and altars, but unfortunately in 1936 Everything that existed in the temple was burned. At the same time, with his theater company, They built the Charity Theater and gave it to the people for the benefit of the poor.

Once these two anniversaries have been recorded, we go to the festivities 2022. In this chronicle, published in 2023, Forty years have passed since the creation of the figure of the Official Chronicler, that I have developed to this day. This year, and coinciding with the 40 anniversary, I will replace my verses that introduce the various acts with the different introductions from my book “25 anys de festa, poetry and theater".

∞ Thursday 20 from January

At 20:30 h, In the Plenary Hall of the City Council the Qualifying Jury met for the ruling of the Festival Poster in its XXXVI edition, formed by En Josep Sempere, President Mayor; D. who wins this award for the second time - he got it in, Vice President of the Festivals Committee; Mrs. Aitana Sempere; D. Javier Puig and D. Leonardo Ferre, graphic designers, y D. Oscar Clement, winner of the last edition 2020 of the advertising poster, acting as secretary of the Party Committee, D. Francisco Albero. Examined the 11 posters submitted to the competition, the one entitled Eterna Lluita obtained the highest score, D. Cristobal Aguiló Dominguez of Cartagena, going on to be awarded the best local artist in the person of D. Ana Belda Tudela for the title To our patron Saint George, remembering that the winning poster would also be the cover of the party program.

∞ Saturday 26 February

La Filà de Marrocs celebrated its informal opening with a tour of Carrer de La Creu.

∞ Friday 4 of March

At 20:00 h, In the annexed Exhibition Hall of the Principal Theater, the exhibition of posters presented to the aforementioned contest was inaugurated., remaining open for fifteen days.

Entrances: Nights caress the town, the bonfire of desire ignites the spirit and humans replenish their strength around the table and the music, like a harp that the trembling hands of an angel have plucked, the carpet that will add color to the streets is woven together, dels Plàtans in Plaça Major.

The night with the human space at the table blows away any clarification, warmly softening the sweet broth that, lucky, with good accompaniment, we are full of enthusiasm, finishing arm in arm, shaking the stave.

∞ Saturday 12 of March

With the freshness of the weather, the New Moors celebrated their entrance at 19:00 h, with the music of Moorish marches and then the Jordians to the sound of cheerful pasodobles. The itinerary followed, when the Plaça Major is under construction, was the one previously agreed upon by the troupes: from the fork of San Jaime streets, Santa Pola and Major on Laporta street, marching to Plaça dels Plàtans. All this with the joy of having recovered these events after two years of interruption due to the Covid-19 pandemic..

∞ Domingo 13 of March

At 18:30 h, The presentation of the Moors and Christians Festival Magazine-program took place at the Principal Theater, in which, year after year, a large part of the life and festive and social history of our town is reflected.. First, The content of the publication was projected on a screen, where we could see its different sections: Greetings, programming, chronicle of the year 2021, Celebrators in eternity with a review of those who have left us, festive world in its different facets, collaborations, propaganda etc., highlighting that this year the Banyeruts amb nom propi section was dedicated to those who died due to the Covid-19 pandemic, who are already with Saint George. The parliaments of Mr.. Mayor, of the Mayor of Festivities and of the President of the Festivities Committee, who recommended caution and following health regulations in celebrating our holidays. A copy of the program was handed out to the captains, presidents and commissioners of the troupes and music bands, ambassadors and party chronicler, as well as the winner of the poster and best local artist who were presented with the cash prize. In the second part, the La Nova Musical Group offered a party music concert performing the following works: 75 Anniversary of the Andalusians of Villena, pasodoble of Gaspar Angel Tortosa Urrea; Shabbat, Moorish march of Saúl Gomez Soler; Xamarcai, Christian march of Francisco Valor and El President, marcha mora by Miguel Picó Biosca, ending with the interpretation of Hime a la Festa by Godofredo Garrigues and lyrics by Modesto MIcó, which was chanted by the audience. The presenters of the event were Beatriz Bodí Martí and Verónica Santonja.

∞ Saturday 19 of March

With the journey that began where they have their maset, The Pirates squads celebrated their entrance with the joy and dynamism that characterizes them.

∞ Saturday 26 of March

Due to the rain, the entrances of the Old Moors and Maseros had to be suspended, those who held the event at their corresponding headquarters, with characteristic food and an afternoon of celebration, ending everything as scheduled for all the troupes in a night of mobile disco party in the tent installed in the Villa Rosario municipal park.

∞ Saturday 2 of April

At 19:00 h, The Filà de Marrocs celebrated its entrance to the sound of Moorish marches and then the Comparsa de Estudiantes with the good humor that characterizes them to the sound of cheerful pasodobles.

In the afternoon, to 18:00 h, in the farm of the Comparsa de Moros Vells, The Ateneo Musical Sant Jordi band offered a Festive Rehearsal Concert, in which they performed: A son for the old age of Rafael Baldó Estela; From Sant Jordi to the Old Moors by the same author Baldó Estela; To the daily Llaneros, by Rafael Mullor Grau; Roperia Ximo, by Francisco Valor Llorens; Party Queen, by José María Ferrero Pastor; Xubuch, by José Rafael Pascual Vilaplana; Barso, 50 birthday, premiere march dedicated to the father of the author Rafael Baldó Estela; Raul Estela, pasodoble in premiere of the same author; Shabbat, by Saul Gomez Soler; Aragonese 99, by Daniel Ferrero Silvaje; Wild, by Paco Baenas Pontes, ending with the classic Als Moros Vells, by Francisco Ripoll Martíns. Adolfo Arronis acted as guest director and directed some performances., The rest of the concert being conducted by Rafael Baldó Estela, composer and soul of this music group best known for La Tranka. The presenter was the president of the filà Hermógenes Fernández Esteve.

∞ Domingo 3 of April

At 18:30 h, at the Principal Theater, l'Agrupació Musical the new offer of their Festive Music Concert in the 18th edition, within this year of the activities and celebration of the XXV Anniversary of its foundation; concert that, like last year's, they wanted to make it charitable, allocating the proceeds to the Association of Relatives and Patients with Alzheimer's. They performed the following compositions: The New, pasodoble of José María Valls Satorres; Jose, pasodoble by Marcos Gandía Conejero; On the Stool, marcha mora by Sergio Moles Samper; Leather and cane, pasodoble by Óscar Sempere French; Or Jordan, Christian march of José Ferrero; Intern, pasodoble by Marcos Gandía Conejero; Roots, Moorish march by Óscar Sempere French; Agueda Catalan, smuggler pasodoble by Antonio Lillo Pérez; Captain Toni Requena, pasodoble by Óscar Sempere French; In La Nova, pasodoble by Sergio Moles Samper and ending the concert with Ay Foruma, by Oscar Sempere. During the break, the results of a raffle held by the AFA Alzheimer's were announced and the presidents of La Nova and the association addressed the public, giving each other souvenirs of the event.. José Gabriel Pérez Martínez presented the event, who within his impeccable dissertation had a lapse for this very important chronicler, and it is that reviewing the history of the band, he placed Carrer Nou as the first rehearsal space, omitting the maset of the Comparsa de Cristianos, place where the creation of this Musical Group was conceived and where the first rehearsals were carried out for a few months, Therefore, in the history of the band it is a very important fact that must be stated..

∞ Saturday 9 of April

The morning was dressed as a party at the Filà de Marrocs maset, where all the lanterns were concentrated for the corresponding contest, with a great artistic level in each of them that, in some cases, They tend to be replicas of the life of our people with healthy ironic criticism.. After visual observation by the jury made up of festival commissioners and their meaning explained by those who had been their creators, the following prizes were awarded: Third award, to the Moros Viejos troupe with 195 points; Second prize, to the Maseros, by a representation of festive people from the ten troupes attending the papier-mâché reveille that was obtained 214 points, and First Prize, with 222 points, to the group of Christians, by a magnificent representation of the troupe also in papier-mâché with a festive person in his official costume and other details.

Then, The commissioners who formed the float jury went to visit those that were presented, issuing the verdicts once each of them has been qualified, awarding the following prizes: Second prize, in the troupe of Jordanians con 189 points, and First Prize, to the Old Moors con 196 points.

Entrance of Christians and Caliphs in the evening

At 19:00 h, and following the itinerary along Laporta street, marked this year by the works on the Plaça Major as already indicated, This year we have two important events to celebrate, The Christians paraded and then the Caliphs. Both troupes knew how to parade with order and color, encouraging the enthusiasm of the public as they have been waiting for this event for two years and giving it color and sound with weapons and festive music.

∞ Day 10 of April, Palm Sunday

At 12:30 h, The traditional festive music concert was held in the Maset de los Moros Viejos in its XXVII edition.. With a full capacity, as in previous years, and well organized by this row, The Banyeres de Mariola Musical Society performed the following program: pasodoble Unió Musical de Montesa, by Rafael Mullor Grau; Medina Capità Masero, pas masero from Banyere and musician of this band Alexis Jornet Valls; Xavi Captain, Moorish march at the premiere of the composer and also musician of this band Ricard Silvestre, dedicated to the captain of the Old Moors, Xavi González Mataix; Chiva Castle, pasodoble by Manuel Morales Martínez and Samarkanda, marcha mora by Saül Gómez Soler. Another premiere was also the pasodoble A la meua iaia, than Jordi Pérez, composer and musician of the La Nova Musical Group, created for the captains' grandmother and that a grandson, Toni Mataix Ribera, dedicated to Fina Francés, that brought together this captaincy. During the intermission, gifts were exchanged., scores and memories among the representatives of the captaincy. In the second part they performed Afar Mosem, smuggling pass of J.Carlos Sempere Bomboí; Mountaineers, from the same author; Targui, Moorish march also by the same author J. Carlos Sempere Bomboí who directed his works as a guest composer; Sir Driu, Christian march by Enrique Alborch Tarrasó; Paco Verdú, Moorish march of Amando Blanquer Ponsoda and to finish, as is classic, the march to Als Moros Vells was performed. It should be noted that this was the first Moros Vells concert conducted by the band's new director, Enrique Alborch Tarrasó.

Sunday of Glory: As roses burst forth in spring with the intention of being revived, the acts in the tenderness of memory give us the perfume of past experiences, and the velvety freshness of unforgettable memories. They are idyll·it of sounds and experiences that take us along that path that year after year is ecstasy, that floats like maternal peace of eternal fragrance. The longing for blood sings in our roots, with the splendor of the beautiful spring dawns, and a joy of naive hope that is heard by heaven and taken.

∞ Glory Sunday

In the Holy Christ, the Christians; A great emptiness was noticed the night of, A great emptiness was noticed the night of; the rest of the groups in their headquarters or places of tradition, and the Brotherhood of Saint George, in the patron's hermitage, everyone raised the flags that announce our Moors and Christians festivals, having lunch together and parading the Christians and the Old Moors up to their houses.

Smugglers' Entrance

After raising their flag in the Morer and the corresponding “cocas” lunch, to 12:00 h, The Smugglers began their journey, the only one that is celebrated at noon, bringing together, as usual, a crowd of people on Carrer de la Creu with joy and a great desire to party. (This was the only entreeta that paraded along the traditional itinerary as Plaça Major was now accessible.).

Exaltation of captains and flags: The crier is dressed in finery and the jupetín, the plate cap and the cornet, which used to give voice to the mayor's commands in the most distant corners of the streets and houses, transforms the town into a packed waiting room, and makes you hear how the tinny voice remembers like every year, that the big days are approaching and that with great il·lusion captains and flag bearers carry out their dream of celebrating the Patrón. The sincere word, the living witness is a symbol of purity that gives way to the party.

∞ 18 of April. Easter monday

At 12:00 h, with the Main Theater decorated with hangings and festive symbols, The most anticipated act by captains and flag bearers began on the day of their exaltation. First, The Banyeres de Mariola Musical Society performed as a prelude to the act: Pasodoble Beloved, by Ramón García y Soler; The Victory, Christian march by Enrique Alborch Tarrasó; The Bandeta, double step of Teles Moreno Ferrer and Ben Al Sahagui, marcha mora by Francisco Valor Llorens, all directed by its owner Enrique Alborch Tarrasó. The exaltation of captains and flag bearers continued in the second half, making his entrance to the hall Alfonso Sanchis Casares captain of the Comparsa de Cristianos accompanying his standard bearer and wife Mónica Ripoll González; secondly, the Old Moors made their entry in the persons of Xavier González Mataix and his sister Paula González Mataix; The Estudiantes continued in their captaincy with Ismael Sanjuán Santonja and his daughter Mª Carmen Sanjuán Albero. To these three captaincies, having an official captain, They were then followed by the Moros Nous, represented by the sisters María Teresa Albero Belda and Maria Pilar Albero Belda.; els Maseros presented their captaincy with David Ferre Belda and Nuria Piqueras Juan. Troupes with captaincy in els Marrocs appeared again, making the entrance of their captaincy Esther Pascual García and María Puerto Belda; the captaincy of the Contrabandistas troupe represented by Jordi Pascual Gisbert and Ainhoa ​​Vidal Francés; another troupe with captaincy, that, like the previous ones, they were looking forward to celebrating it since last year 2020 It was Pirates, entering Mª Carmen Berenguer Vañó and her standard-bearer Mª Carmen Vañó Tormo. Gregorio Huertas González and Laura Bodí Huertas represented the captaincy of the Jordians troupe.; and finally the Caliphs, captained by a group of friends, They were represented by Khatir Bahri Calabuig and Joan Llopis Mora. Each and every one of the flag bearers were decorated with the corresponding band and the different presidents of their groups presented them with bouquets of flowers..

Third part, Festival proclamation

After the presenters read Mr.. Maintainer D. Raul Sanchis French, our illustrious countryman made his appearance, who was received by Mr.. Mayor En Josep Sempere i Castelló who offered him a bouquet of flowers and officially presented him. The Maintainer's dissertation that made the historical clarification of the figures of crier and maintainer, It revolved first announcing or proclaiming each and every one of the events to be celebrated., passing after praising the different captaincies, to develop a series of historical data about the festival, just as it has been celebrated since ancient times throughout the world, stopping with emphasis on how we celebrate it in Banyeres in its dedication to our patron Saint George in its colorful acts and in the social and festive part between the festive groups.

Finally, the Musical Society performed the Anthem at the Festa, with music by Godofredo Garrigues and lyrics by Modesto Micó, which was chanted by the entire audience.

∞ Thursday 21 of April. Moving San Jorge

At 19:00 h, and from his hermitage, The transfer of Saint George to the parish church in a parading procession began, This year we have two important events to celebrate, the parish cross and the faithful with candles; the Guión de San Jorge and the Sant Jordi Festivals Committee accompanied by the La Nova Musical Group; The captains, flag bearers and presidents with the banners of troupes, the litters of Saint George carried by festeros from the Comparsa de Cristianos; the parish clergy, the board of directors of the Brotherhood of Sant Jordi and the municipal authorities, closing the procession the Banyeres de Mariola Musical Society. Once we arrived at the parish church, the Patron Saint was enthroned on the main altar., where he would remain until 7 mayo, in which he would be transferred again to his hermitage.

April twenty-second entry day: The tetralogy is already at the door of the houses, the facades are decorated and hearts jump with joy. It's the twentieth day. Everyone has dressed up and parades from the Font Bona to the Plaza in a joyful formation. Music, the floats, the riders and the little ones, they are applauded by the public with great satisfaction. In the middle of the crowd, coexistence, the music, I can't sleep without you coming to my mind, the sweet human touch.

∞ Friday 22 of April. Entry Day

To 1 in the early morning the flying bells announced our four big days.

Offering of flowers to Saint George and Entry of bands

What has been known since time immemorial in the morning of music, at the request of the Comparsa de Maseros he became 1964 in an offering to Saint George (in addition to the entry of music bands), that each year has taken on greater solemnity, more colorful and great participation, highlighting in addition to the festive, the children who are joining the party. Little by little all the participants go to the foot of the altar of Saint George, where they place their flowers with the utmost affection.

Ave Maria

At 12:00 h, o'clock, presiding over the steps of the church captains and standard bearers with their flags, authorities and Mr.. curate parish priest, It proceeded as it has been happening year after year., to offer our festivities to the queen of heaven, Maria, with the Angelus Prayer, what job D. Mico Ramon Colomer, answered with great fervor by all present, to what followed the shot of a large male, at the same time as the two bands of Banyeres de Mariola led by D. Antonio Lillo Pérez director of the Musical Group la Nova, together with the director of the Musical Society, They performed the national anthems, regional and that of the Festa, at the same time that the senyera was hoisted in the keep of the castle.

Godofredo Garrigues Band Competition

This act, also of great historical relevance in that each of the bands performed a pasodoble in front of the flag of the troupe they represented., in 1996 became and was called the Godofredo Garrigues Band Competition. First, The Banyeres de Mariola Musical Society and the Nova Musical Group will perform their corresponding pasodobles without entering the competition.

The performance of a pasodoble by each of the troupes followed, starting with the Christian band, which was followed by all the official bands.. Once each of them had been scored by the jury that was located in the castle composed of Enrique Alborch Tarrassó, director of the Banyeres de Mariola Musical Society; Antonio Lillo Perez, director of the La Nova Musical Group; Juan Bautista Francés Parra, composer and director, and the president of the Sant Jordi Festivals Committee Beatríz Francés Tortosa, advised by Jordi Pérez Santonja, composer and director, and Francisco Albero Blanquer acting as secretary, the following prizes were awarded: Third award, at the Bocairent Musical Association of the Filà de Maseros con 156 points for the interpretation of the pasodoble Maig del 24 composed by Enrique Alborch Tarrassó. Second prize, with 163 points to the Primitiva de Castell de Castells of the Comparsa de Contrabandistas, through the pasodoble Something very different, by Manuel Carrascosa García, and First Prize, on the side of Pobla del Duc de la Filà in Morocco con 176 points, for the interpretation of the pasodoble Enrique López, work of Antón Alcalde Rodríguez.


This event began since ancient times in the Torre de la Font Bona, but due to the large number of festival-goers who participate, They alternately form the groups on Font Bona and Llavadoret streets., starting the banners of the Christian side at 17:00 h, which was followed by the Comparsa de Cristianos with a picket of festeros and another of festeras accompanied by the Tribute Banda music band., a float, three squads and a horseback rider forming the pageantry and Captain Alfonso Sanchis Casares with his family, closing the La Nova Musical Group.

The Student Comparsa followed with fifteen squads, a picket, six floats and eight music bands, highlighting the pageantry of the captaincy presided over by Ismael Sanjuán Santonja, who was accompanied by his large family, children and grandchildren.

The Filà de Maseros paraded with nine squads, a picket, five music bands and two floats, in addition to the captaincy of the troupe.

The Smugglers, equipped with knives and muskets, They formed with five squads, a picket, a horse dressed in memory of Elisa Silvestre, great celebration that he left us, accompanied by three bands, a float and the representatives of the captaincy for the troupe.

Els Jordians did the parade with four squads, two floats the rider Victoriano Vañó with his son Álvaro, two music bands and the captains for the troupe.

The Moros Vells paraded with thirty-nine squads, eight floats, a horse remembering the grandfather of the captains, Vicente Mataix was a great party-goer, 13 music bands, a batucada and the Xirimiter, accompanying the family of captains Xavi, Antonio, Sael, Cristina, Paula, Mireia and Mar, all grandchildren of Vicente and Fina from the Serrella family.

Filà de Moros Nous. They formed in the parade with ten squads, two pickets, two floats, four music bands and the representatives of the captaincy of the troupe.

Marrocs. They paraded with a picket, twelve squads, a colorful pageantry and six music bands accompanying the captains Rosa Barceló, Esther Pascual, Maria Puerto, Ana Aragonés, Ana French, Marina Belda, Lydia Garcia, Natalia Sempere and Andrea Ballester.

Pirates. Twelve squads paraded with their characteristic dynamism, two floats and five music bands, in front their captains Mª Carmen Berenguer, Mª Carmen Vaño and Mª Isabel Ferre.

Caliphs. They closed the parade with three squads, a float and two music bands, with their Khatir Bahri captains, Rafael Barcelo, Agustín Berenguer, Alberto Dobon, David Estan, Raul Ferre, Miguel Llopis, John Llopis, Gregorio Mora, Javier Mora, Joan Mora, Ramon Sanchez, Iván Sanjuán, Pablo Silvestre, Javier Silvestre, Rafael Vicedo and Andres Vicent.


Accompanied by the troupes with the magnificent lanterns representing each one of them, They began the tour of the old town as usual., to 00:00 h, the Christian side in order of seniority of the troupes and the 00:30 h, the Moorish side following the same order, burning the lanterns upon arrival back at the Plaça Major, following the instructions of the festival mayor.

April twenty-third. Saint George's Day: Legendary festival of medieval noise. The echo of the bell announces the greatest day. Hear the golden voice of my heart's promptings. They are carnations of immensity. The feeling for centuries on Patrón Day.

∞ Saturday 23 of April. Patron Saint George's Day

At 7:30 h, In addition to the general ringing of the bells, the Diana began, what, walking through various streets through the different groups, the Comparsa de Cristianos making their entrance to the Plaça Major at eight, following the other troupes in order of seniority and side. The square was full of spectators who applauded the magnificent evolutions that all the squads carried out in a martial and festive manner., highlighting the color of the suits, the impeccable uniformity and preparation of the different numbers, many of them prepared with enthusiasm and trials. The parade is over, the members of the jury of the contest that was located in the wooden castle, awarded the following prizes: Third award, in the Filà de Marrocs squad, Corporal Ana Belda Aragonés with 359 points; the Second Prize, to that of Jordanians, Corporal Jordi García González con 386 points and, First prize, to that of Moros Vells, Corporal Javier Cortés Ferre.

High Mass of Saint George

At 11:00 h, Captains and flag bearers gathered with their flags and civil and ecclesiastical authorities, starting the parade to the church to attend the High Mass, the Sant Jordi Festivals Committee accompanied by the La Nova Musical Group, the captains and standard bearers and the authorities, closing the procession the Musical Society of Banyeres de Mariola, being received with honors by the board of directors of the Confraria de Sant Jordi.

At 11:30 h, with the temple full of revelers, The celebration of the Eucharist began with great solemnity, accompanied by the magnificent Mariola Coral supported by several musicians from the Banyeres de Mariola Musical Society. The bishop emeritus of Orihuela-Alicante presided over the ceremony, Most Illustrious and Reverend Mr.. Jesús Soriano Murgui, who knows our festivals and traditions for having presided over the festival of the Relic last year 2012, He gave his homily in Valencian, giving him the appreciation that these celebrations have in a clear way with a pastoral that was highly valued..

Everything ended with the intonation of the Hymn to Saint George. Once the captaincies are located, flags and authorities on the steps of the church, A loud mascletà was fired and the bells rang; Later, the representatives of the festivals accompanied the preacher to the headquarters of the Confraria de Sant Jordi., where after a few words from the president of the Confraria Mª Elena Vilanova Calatayud, Mr. Bishop emertio signed in the golden book of the brotherhood, and then, as usual, they paraded to City Hall, where Mr. also signed his signature. Preacher in the town's golden book.

The festive appetizers in the different captaincies ended the morning of St. George's Day.

Children's parade of corporals and squads

Once again the children gave a lesson on how to parade and enter the Plaça Major with enthusiasm and good festive skills that could serve as an example for many adults.. That afternoon filled us with enthusiasm and conviction that the future of our festivities is assured..


At 19:00 h, and after the twenty-one aerial salutes of honor to the Patron in the presence of captains, flags and authorities, The Confraria de Sant Jordi enthroned the image of Saint George that presides over its altar on its carriage, opening the procession with the script of Saint George and pennants of the Moorish side, the Troupe of Caliphs, following in reverse order of seniority and side and the rest of the troupes with their corresponding music bands, parading through Plaça Major, Main Street, Laporta, Saint Peter, The Cross, Plaza de l'Ajuntament and Plaza Mayor, with great seriousness and discipline, that contrasts with the movements, the joy and color of the afternoon of the entrance, being able to check the different nuances of our festivals. The parades were followed by the faithful in civilian clothes led by the parish cross., the Sant Jordi Festivals Committee accompanied by the La Nova Musical Group, the pageantry of the captaincies, captains with their flags and ambassadors, following the carriage of Saint George, which was accompanied by the ecclesiastical authorities, the board of directors of the Confraria de Sant Jordi and the Civil authorities, closing the procession the Banyeres de Mariola Musical Society. Upon the arrival of the image of Saint George at the parish church, a colorful fireworks display was set off., while they turned the bronzes in the bell tower. Once inside the temple, Saint George was hoisted in his niche in the altar over which he presides., accompanied by the intonation of his anthem and a great ovation that expressed the fervor of the hearts present.

April twenty-fourth, day of Moors and Christians: Hear the Lombards thunder with a burning heart . It is the eternal rose perfume of gunpowder. Ideas of the image that was and that is in my feeling. Legendary festival of medieval noise, a story where everything is triumph, nothing dies. The embassies created one hundred and twenty years ago by the poet Pastor make his verses bounce around the town and the mountains, reliving the exploits of our ancestors.

∞ Domingo 24 of April. Moors and Christians Day

At 7:30 h, the second target began, who, like the day before, walked through various streets of the town, making its entrance at eight o'clock in the Plaça Major, highlighting that since there was no contest that day, greater number of festivities paraded, but with the same desire to do well and be able to participate in this event.

In the Barranc Fondo area next to the Serreta de la Neu, where guerrillas began years ago, The different troupes gave a good account of tasty lunches, while the festive anecdotes accompanied this gastronomic lapse.

At 10:45 h, at the foot of the Serreta de la Neu as the canons indicate, The Moorish and Christian ambassadors proceeded to greet each other, thus giving rise to the harquebusier guerrillas that, beginning with the Jordians in reverse order of their seniority on the Christian side, The Christians closed, retreating to the castle, harassed by the Moros Vells and the other troupes of the Moorish side due to seniority., ending the shooting in front of the Monument to Sant Jordi on the same walls of the fortress where the first embassy would take place.

Upon leaving the Barranc Fondo the different flags were danced by the revelers as has been customary since time immemorial..

Moorish Embassy

Once the message was delivered to the Christian ambassador, the Moorish Embassy began, in this case, the new ambassador María Jesús Gisbert Francés taking office for the first time, who passed the test with outstanding marks in exclamation and representation of this very important act of our festivities, being answered by the Christian ambassador Octavio García Sempere.

In the afternoon the guerrilla would start from Mariola Street, at the foot of Cerro del Águila as is traditional, to 17:30 h. In this case the Caliphs began and continued in reverse order until the Moros Vells, who were harassed by the Christians and the rest of the groups out of sense of seniority to the Monument to Sant Jordi to begin the Christian Embassy there or in the afternoon. In this case the singing voice was in charge of the Christian ambassador who, answered by the Moorish ambassador, It all ended in the knife fight of the different troupe captains and with the extraordinary confrontation of both ambassadors., ending with the taking of the castle by Christian troops.

Then, the Filà de Moros Vells in the esplanade of the castle, offered the Ball Moro, so special, old and traditional of this row.

Humorous Embassy

Next, the Estudiantes and Moros Nous in the castle of Plaça Major represented the humorous Embassy, with the text by Emilio Berenguer Mora of 1917, carrying out the parody that year after year they offer as a novelty, ending with the explosion of the student's head.

Pirate Embassy

As usual, The Comparsa de Piratas carried out their embassy with a text by Jordi Segura, that year after year they carry out as a characteristic act of this filà.


The night ended in a children's cordà with rockets without exploding in the Plaça Major, accompanied by the children, in many cases , from his parents.

April twenty-fifth, Cemetery Day: Dawn of love that morning full of joy, a whole story filled with prayers. the thunders, then the silence like the flower that blooms and bursts into a fervent feeling. The fixed hope of eternal spring, one without mysteries, the posthumous tribute offering.

∞ Monday 25 of April. Morer's Day, of the cemetery and Santo Cristo

After the troupes visited the Morer estate, as is customary, commemorating the history of that location, The new captains rose and the flags were danced, starting the gunshots no longer in the spirit of war in remembrance and tribute. At 8:00 h, the Comparsa of Christians following in order of seniority and side on the way to the cemetery. When passing by the hermitage of San Jorge, remembering that place where our elders rested and that today dignifies our Patron in his hermitage, An Our Father was prayed and a volley of musketry was carried out., going on to enter the holy field where in the first enclosure with your back to the niches and in front of the pantheon of Maestro Martínez and the field strewn with tombs, Three salutes of honor were fired, connecting the gunpowder prayers and the recitation of a response to yesterday's celebration., of today and tomorrow that is eagerly awaited. In the second enclosure, in front of the Monument to the Fester, with the altar table presided over by Saint George, Three salutes of homage were fired again and the prayer of response for our elders was carried out by all the troupes in order of seniority and side., being accompanied by their music bands, They gave it that special seal that only Banyeres de Mariola knows how to mark..

Once the salute of tribute and prayer of response for all the groups have finished, the revelers located in the area below and the faithful in civilian clothes around the altar, The Eucharist was celebrated presided by the parish priest D. Mico Ramon Colomer, accompanied by the authorities while the presidents held the canopy that covered the altar. After the readings of the day were read and by Deacon D. Rodrigo Ferre the gospel, D. Ramón delivered an emotional homily. Once the mass is over, the Filà de Moros Vells offered a wreath of flowers for all the deceased and the Confraría de Sant Jordi proceeded to the raffle among its confraternities of a framed reproduction of the Guión de San Jorge.

At the end of the celebration and with a ten minute break, The revelers fired their private shots at the graves of their relatives or friends, later moving to Santo Cristo, where located in each of the usual places, They proceeded to the traditional lunch in which food and drinks are tasted and shared, discussing the details of the party.. At 12:00 h, The captains of the Comparsa de Cristianos began signing the golden book of Santo Cristo, going on to proclaim the new captains and thus following all the troupes in order of side and seniority.

After the shots, no longer in a belligerent spirit since the Christian hosts had won the day before, upon arriving at the hermitage of Santa María Magdalena, and to the 13:00 h, The Moorish ambassador represented the Conversion of the Moro or Dispossession, Also known since ancient times as Relation to Saint Joseph. María Jesús Gisbert Francés made her debut in this event as in the embassies, leaving evidence of his preparation both in declamation and representation.

After the Moorish dance by the Old Moors, The last of the shooting tours by groups in order of seniority and side was carried out to the Plaça Major, where at 18:00 h, the Christian side and the 18:30 h, the Moorish side, The flags were danced and the captains proclaimed for the upcoming festivities were raised., with great joy and joy when recounting each and every one of the troupes with captain.

The captaincies announced in the Morer, proclaimed in the hermitage of Santo Cristo and validated in the Plaça Major are as follows: Christians, Joaquín Albero Navarro and his children Susana and Álvaro Albero Barceló; Students, Lara Beneyto Martínez and María Amparo Francés Martínez; Nasseros, Ana and Santiago Montesinos Bathroom; Smugglers, Vicente Molina Navarro, Laura García Manzanaro and Toñi García García; Jordians, Camilo García González, Jordi García González, Sergio Ferre Vaño, Eloy Garrido Vaño, Emilio Calabuig Belda, Adrián Sirera Ribera, Ximo Espinosa Vaño, Miguel Angel Cerdá Ribera, Alvaro Francés Lozano, Carlos Francés Ribera and Jordi Martínez Miralles; Old Moors, the Aragonese Albero family; New Moors, obdulia, Mari Carmen, Eva, Paloma, Carmen i Xisco in memory of the captaincy of Ismael Gisbert and Pilar Carbonell; Marrocs, Laura Pola Ferriz, Marc Navarro Plá, Gloria Navalón Albero, Biel Nogués Navalón, Abril Nogués Navalón, Mª Montserrat Hernández Genís, Marco Perez Hernandez, Paola Perez Hernandez, Miriam Cardona Sempere, Laia Romera Cardona, Jordi Romera Cardona, Sonia Rico Torres and Hugo Mataix Rico; Pirates, Fernando Blanes Ramon, Carolina Leal Martínez, Miguel Ángel Ribera Blanes, Elena Francés Ferre, Pablo Jorge Blanes Sempere, Mª Rosario de Lourdes Blanes Ramón and Francisco José Blanes Sempere, in memory of Fernando Blanes Sanjuán remembering the captaincies of years ago 75, 50 Y 25 years; Caliphs, Alba Aguado and Verónica Valero.

That same afternoon, and as the final act of the festive tetralogy, Sant Jordiets moved to the homes of the new captains, Taking place at those moments was the fact that when parading along La Creu street and meeting two images with their troupes, They greet each other by raising their litter three times with priority to follow the parade, the image that had already passed through the Plaça Major before our Patron San Jorge..

Each and every one of the troupes said goodbye to the festivities in their captaincies, commenting with joy how complete and perfect each and every one of the acts had passed.


The night ended with a colorful cordà that gunpowder fans lived with enthusiasm..

∞ Octave of Saint George, of the 26 al 30 April and 1,2 Y 3 of May

The day 26 The groups of Cristianos and Moros Vells attended the 20:00 h, to the octave mass, that our parish priest officiated and preached like the rest of the days; the 27 It was the Estudiantes and Moros Nous who also 20:00 h, They attended their octave mass; the 28 the Maseros and Morocs; the 29 The Smugglers and Pirates had their celebration of the Eucharist; Saturday 30 The mass was celebrated for the deceased of the groups of Jordians and Caliphs at 18:00 h; Sunday also at 18:00 h, the Banyeres de Mariola Musical Society, the La Nova Musical Group, Colla de Dolçaines and Tabals El Braçal and Coral Mariola; following the 2 of May the celebration at 20:00 h, for all the deceased of Banyeres de Mariola, ending the octave 3 May for the deceased of the Brotherhood of San Jorge.

The holidays are: Cozy exaltation of calm·coexistence, colorful embassy that embraces us. Fly gently the swallow resplendent the butterfly. Concentric circles; the notes burst from the staff in the heat of the evening; l'alegría, the spirit of a town that knows how to party explodes in color, light, great accompaniment, varied, needed by the captain, dream of an hour... or of centuries. It would be necessary to analyze the reception, the acclaim, the enthusiasm, there he·hope, the promise and the Pattern, mixing feelings day by day fully.

Musical Days of the Octavario de San Jorge in its XLII edition

We will all always remember the beginning of these celebrations with a singular act 28 of April, to 20:45 h, In the parish church they offered a wonderful concert with the Josep Vicent Giner organ and the soprano Emilia Onrubia as the voice., that they interpreted: Parade II, by Juan Cabanilles (1664-1712); Let me cry (aria from the opera Rinaldo) y Rejoice greatly,.Odaugter of Zion (Maessiah Oratory Area) de Georg Friedrich Handel (1685-1759); Sonata in G major K.146 and Sonata in D major 492 de Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757); The amorous warning and The capricciosa, Italian songs by Vicente Martín y Soler (1754-1806); Confident Goldfinch by Antonio Literes (1673-1747); Capriccio above the Cuckoo by Johann Kaspar Keril (1627-1693); Giga (of the Pastoral BWV 590) by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750); Alleluia (Rejoice with exultation), Walking in Fa Major KV 616 y A woman at fifteen (That's what they all do) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756- 1791); March in D major by Joseph Haydn (1732- 1809); So much for Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924); Hello Regina de Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924) y I feel pretty de Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990).

Friday 29 of April

At 19:00 h, also in the parish temple, students pathways from Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, They delighted us with the following chamber concert, with the violin in charge of Laia Francés Pont born in Banyeres de Mariola; cello, Alexander Scott-Brown, and piano, Pau Vendrell Viladaga, offering us in the first part Trio in B flat Major KV 502 of W.A.. Mozart, Allegro Larghetto and Allegreto, y Trio in C minor op. 8. D Shostakovich, and in the second part Trio in E flat Major number 2 op.100 D. 929 the F. Schubert: Allegro, Andante con moto, Scherzo and Allegro moderato. They were loudly and long applauded., We are excited that a woman from Bañera mastered the violin so masterfully. Finally, they offered us a new interpretation and the audience had a hard time vacating the church because of how much fun they had had..

The Albadet, Ramón celebrated Solemn Mass and for the cloister procession he dressed in the pluvial cape of 30 of April

The Student troupe lived its usual Albadet day, which consists of storing the student's suit in a trunk as the end of the festive tetralogy (In the past they carried in a small coffin the image of a puppet dressed as a student), which they have very correctly replaced with this symbolic burial to our festivals that will be reborn year after year on the day of the Relic. They spent the day in the maset with the usual food, but when they went out to the usual parade they had to interrupt it, since the rain that spared us the four days of festivities, came unexpectedly.

Sunday 1 of May

At 19:00 h, in the same setting as the parish church, the Symphony Orchestra of the La Primitiva Society of Rafelbunyol, composed of a large number of young people and you could even see some children among 12 Y 14 years, directed by Pablo Marqués and featuring clarinet soloist Daniel Belloví, professor of the Palau de les Arts Orchestra as concertmaster and drummer Anna Payá Martínez, They performed the following program: Symphony. 25 in G minor by Wolgang Amadeus Mozart in four beats: 1 Allegro con brio, 2 Andante, 3 Menuetto y 4 Allegro; Of the Concerto for bass horn by Alessandro Rlla, in three times: 1 Allegro, 2 Large and 3 Rondo, with clarinet soloist Daniel Belloví. and Symphony No.. 45 in F minor from Franz Joseph Haydn's Farewells, with four strokes: 1 Outlaw, 2 Slowly, 3 Minuet:Allegreto and 4 Finale: Presto. Once again the applause was long and enthusiastic., which motivated them to offer us a new performance, ending with this concert the Musical Days of Saint George, We never tire of saying that they are the first musical days to be held in the Valencian Community.

∞ Saturday 7 of May. Transfer of Saint George to his hermitage

After the mass in the parish church that was celebrated at 20:00 h, with the singing of the Hymn to Saint George while rose petals were thrown from the dome of the temple, The procession of the transfer from the church to its hermitage began, following the same order and participation, but with a route in reverse of the previous transfer to parties, Saint George was accompanied to his hermitage where he will remain all year. When the Patron arrived at his hermitage under the notes of the national anthem by the Societat Musical Banyeres de Mariola, a colorful fireworks display was set off that was widely applauded., constituting the final touch of our Moors and Christians festivities of 2022.

∞ Saturday 14 of May. feast to St. Isidore the Labrador

The Comparsa de Maseros has San Isidro as co-patron along with San Jorge, and as usual, the Labradors dressed in their classic blanket accompanied San Isidro on a litter to the parish church., where a mass was celebrated in memory of their deceased, which was followed by the parade through the streets of Angel Torró, Laporta, Saint Peter, The Cross, Plaza de l'Ajuntament and Plaza Mayor formed by a group of giants and big heads, the festive people with the image of San Isidro and closing the music band, ending everything with a concentration-cold dinner in the maset. The captains, in memory of his grandfather Salvador Montesinos Molina, They were the center of the party remembering their roots, since they reside in another municipality. A historic festival that this troupe celebrates year after year with great color and festive harmony..

∞ Domingo 5 of June

In the hermitage of Santo Cristo the Comparsa de Cristianos attended a mass for their deceased and then the parish priest D. Ramón Micó Colomer blessed the terms as is customary for this troupe and the flag was removed from the belfry of the hermitage., which was there since it was raised on Glory Sunday, thus announcing the beginning of our festivities and remaining there throughout the entire Easter period until the day of Pentecost, when a pause in our festivities begins until the day of the Relic..

And what a joy it will be to hear

the talk of bees,

see the poppies laugh

with blood red lips.

Shafar new paths of history

through ravines and paths

whether left-wing or right-wing

all united in a gang.

Travel on the same train

for the land of the future,

that feels white, black, reds…

may the fate be common.

∞ Wednesday 20 of July

At 20:00 h, The Qualifying Jury of the XIII Digital Photography Contest of our Moors and Christians festivals met in the Plenary Hall of the City Council. After evaluating the 30 photographs submitted to the contest and each one of them rated, The following awards were unanimously awarded: In the Color category: First prize, to the one titled Reflection, work by Vicent Pérez Belda de Ibi ; Second prize to Chemita Color 2, by José María Gómez Calcerrada also by Ibi and Access to the best local author in Esperant a Sant Jordi, by Nacho Bodí Belda. And in the black and white category: First prize, the Panorama, by Vicent Pérez Belda de Ibi; Second prize, to Directions, by Reyes Cerdá Mira de Castalla and Access to the Best Local Author, to Miguel Ángel Santonja López for his work Circular Movement. The thirty works were exhibited like every year in the Exhibition Hall attached to the Main Theater.

Festivities of the Relic of Saint George in its 242 Anniversary

∞ Friday 2 of September

At 18:30 h, The children's party began in the Villa Rosario Municipal Park with a performance by Dani Miquel i els Ma,Me,Mi., who in a fun way tried to raise awareness among the little ones to appreciate and care for the environment.

At 20:00 h, The children's parade began once the national banners were distributed, regional, Moorish and Christian, forming three groups who musically accompanied the La Nova Musical Association and two groups from the Societat Musical Banyeres de Mariola band. An afternoon that brought together hundreds of children after this event had been canceled in the previous two years due to the pandemic.

The afternoon continued with fraternal dinners in the different captaincies of the troupes, and some of them paraded out of protocol to the Plaça Major. It all ended at 00:30 h, of the day 2, at a festival in Villa Rosario park, enlivened by the Gamna orchestra.

∞ Saturday 3 of September

At 12:00 h, coinciding with the time of the Angelus as usual, the brass of our bells rang in a general ring announcing the party.


At 17:30 h, The pennants of the Christian side and that of the Festival Commission began the pageantry, accompanied by the Colla de Xirimites and Tabals El Braçal.

The Comparsa of Christians, first to parade, started with the women's squad, 1 picket, 1 the procession began in Valencia, 2 squads, the pageantry accompanying Captain Joaquín Albero Navarro and his children Álvaro and Susana Albero Barceló, accompanied all by 2 music bands.

The students paraded with 16 squads, 6 floats, 1 picket, the pageantry and 7 music bands chaired by their captains Lara Beneyto Martínez and María Amparo Francés Martínez.

The Maseros followed with 13 squads, 1 picket, 2 floats, the pageantry of the captains and 7 music bands, led by the brothers Ana and Santiago Montesinos Baño.

The Comparsa of Smugglers presented 7 squads, 1 picket, 1 the procession began in Valencia, the pageantry of the captaincy and 4 music bands accompanying Vicente Molina Navarro as captains, Laura García Manzanaro and Toñi García García.

The Christian side of the Jordians closed with 4 squads, 2 floats, the pageantry of the captains and 2 music bands, Camilo García González being in charge of the captaincy, Jordi García González, Sergio Ferre Vaño, Eloy Garrido Vaño, Emilio Calabuig Belda, Adrián Sirera Ribera, Ximo Espinosa Vaño, Miguel Angel Cerdá Ribera, Alvaro Francés Lozano, Carlos Francés Ribera and Jordi Martínez Miralles.

Once again the banners paraded, in this case of the Moorish side, giving way to the crescent groups..

They opened the Old Moors con 35 squads, 1 picket, 6 floats the pageantry of the captains and 12 music bands, forming the captaincy María Teresa Aragonés Albero, Esperanza Aragones Albero, Manuel Aragonés Albero, Jose Luis Belda Molina, Robert Calatayud Enrique, Raúl Francés Martí, Teresa Belda Aragonés, Ana Belda Aragonés, Max Calatayud Aragones and Teresa Albero Blasco.

The new Moors paraded with 13 squads, 3 floats, the pageantry of the captains, 5 music bands and the captaincy formed by Obdulia Gisbert Gil, Paloma Gisbert Pérez, Carmen Gisbert Pérez, Eva Marti Asensio, María Carmen Ibañez Gisbert and Xico Gisbert Martí.

Morocco will continue con 12 squads, 1 picket, 4 floats, the pageantry of the captaincy and 6 music bands, Captains Laura Pla Ferriz holding office, Marc Navarro Plan, Ferran Navarro Plan, Gloria Navalón Albero, Biél Nogues Navalón, April Noguez Navalón, María Montserrat Hernández Genís, Marco Perez Hernandez, Paola Perez Hernandez, Mirian Cardona Sempere, Laia Romera Cardona, Jordi Romera Cardona, Sonia Rico Torres and Hugo Mataix Rico.

The Pirates followed with 17 squads, 1 picket, 1 horse rider, the pageantry of the captains, 2 floats, 8 music bands and captains Fernando Blanes Ramón, Carolina Leal Martínez, Miguel Ángel Ribera Blanes, Elena Francés Ferre, Pablo Jorge Blanes Sempere, María Rosario de Lourdes Blanes Ramón and Francisco José Blanes Sempere.

The Comparsa de Califas closed the parade with 2 squads, 1 picket, 1 the procession began in Valencia, the pageantry of the captains and 3 music bands accompanying their captains Verónica Valero Elvias and Alba Aguado Fresneda.

The entrance took place in extraordinary luxury, both because of the desire to celebrate the Relic festival in the street after two years of being suspended, such as having ten volunteer captaincies since all the troupes held this position. The pageants were multiple and varied with intense color and inventiveness in the costumes of its components.. The large number of festivities, music bands and pageantry members led to the entry being delayed twenty-eight minutes compared to the scheduled time, but the act can be described as spectacular.


At 00:00 h, The troupes carried out the traditional tour of the old town, starting the Comparsa de Cristianos and the rest of the groups in order of seniority in their foundation, following thirty minutes later the Moorish side, with the same order leading the Old Moors. It is worth highlighting in this event the lanterns that lead each troupe, in which, as always, creativity and a sense of celebration and popular criticism stood out..

Mobile Disk

It all ended with a mobile disco that brought together revelers and the general public in the Villa Rosario Municipal Park.

∞ Domingo 4 of September

At 7:30 h, with a general ringing of bells announcing the big day, The reveille began with the troupes touring a large part of the streets of the town, the Comparsa de Cristianos making its entrance to the 8:00 h, in the Plaza Mayor, The grandstand installed for this purpose and the entire surroundings of the square were full of people., applauding the entry of each and every one of the official squads, of which we can say that they had put all their efforts with precision in each and every one of the evolutions of a prepared choreography.. The entry of the troupes was by rigorous foundation shift: Christians, Students, Nasseros, Smugglers, Jordians, Old Moors, We Moros, Marrocs, Pirates and Caliphs.

High Mass

The authorities and the Festival Committee moved from the Town Hall to the parish church, accompanied by the La Nova Musical Group and the Banyeres de Mariola Musical Society, to 11:30 h, the celebration of the eucharist began, which D presided. Santiago Piñeiro Mollá, vicar of the Parish of the Assumption of Our Lady of Alboraia, concelebrating priests of our archpriesthood. The ceremony was accompanied as always by the Mariola Choir. The homily of D. Santiago was simple but full of messages that reached the hearts of all the faithful who filled the parish temple, who at the end applauded with love and enthusiasm.

At the end of the mass and the captains in place, The authorities, Confraternity of Sant Jordi and Committee of Festivities and a large number of revelers and faithful in the Plaça Major, A loud mascletà was fired and the bells raised the voices of their bronzes, raising them to the sky. The preacher was accompanied to the headquarters of the Confraria de Sant Jordi, as has been done since time immemorial at the Casa Abadía.. There D. Santiago signed in the golden book of the confraria and its president, after a few words of thanks, He gave him an engraving of the script of Saint George.

The authorities followed the accompaniment to the Town Hall where the preacher signed the town's golden book.. Subsequently, each of the groups moved to the captaincies for the traditional refreshment.. In the Comparsas of Moros Vells and Cristianos again D. Santiago signed his golden books, and in Christians, on president, on behalf of the entire troupe, thanked the authorities for their presence and carried out a public recognition on the occasion of the fortieth anniversary of the pasodoble-hymn El Cristiá, to the family of its composer Juan José Pérez Camús and to whom he signs this chronicle as the promoter and author of its lyrics, giving us a precious memory. The protocol ceremony ended with a few words from our captain Joaquín Albero, who in memory of his captaincy and that of his grandfather who was turning one hundred years old, He presented the troupe with an image of Saint George of the Conjurer.

Children's parade

With a great participation of our children, who strive to show off their skills as corporals and squads that sometimes surpass the elders, This event was held for those who come to the party showing off their festive enthusiasm, mainly, at the entrance to the Plaça Major and in the “present and surrender arms” before the image of our patron Saint George.


At 19:30 h, All the troupes paraded, starting the act with the Caliphs and in reverse order the others in each act and seniority accompanied by their music bands., the faithful in plain clothes, Party Committee followed by the La Nova Musical Group, captains, the Relic of Saint George under a canopy carried by revelers from the ten troupes, Confraternity of Sant Jordi and authorities, closing the Banyeres de Mariola Musical Society. They accompanied the Holy Relic through the Major streets, Laporta, Saint Peter, La Creu and Town Hall and Mayor squares until returning to the parish church where before entering the temple a colorful fireworks display was set off., ending with the blessing of the Relic from the door of the temple to the large audience and revelers, not kissing the Relic as usual before the altar for prevention against the Covid-19 virus.

∞ Saturday 22 October

After schoolchildren's drawing and writing competitions were interrupted by Covid-19, this year 2022 they were celebrated normally again. The editorial, in its XLII edition, and the drawing one, in the XLVIII. Gathered on the aforementioned Saturday, the members of the Sant Jordi Festivities Committee, constituted as Qualifying Jury, Each and every one of the writing jobs were valued, as well as how many drawings were presented, granting the different awards in their different categories, All works being worthy of praise for the value of the effort of each of our children and young people in participating and expressing the meaning that our Moors and Christians festivities have for them in honor of Saint George..


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