St. George and the Moors and Christians

It is unknown the year begin our celebrations in honor of St. George the Martyr, the absence of information about the same or even the Municipal Archives of the Parish who can fix their origins, haverse burned during the Civil War.

According to tradition mostly accepted, our celebrations derive from ancient soldiers, in the case of Mariola took part, among others in the War of Succession, on the side of Felipe V, coneixent-se que portaven en la seua bandera la imatge del Sant Jordi. Segons consta en diversos escrits i documents l’any 1747 existing costs for the festival of Sant Jordi.

The 7 September 1780 Mariola became a relic of our patron, giving rise to the party Relic, traditionally held on the first Sunday in September.

I can be considered as the first chronicler of our parties in the Valencian botanist Antonio José Cavanilles, who 23 d'April 1792, being in Bathtubs, written record was in his "Notebook tours" of our Moors and Christians:

"As soon as we left the pine forest and see the castle and town of Bañeres built on top of a montecito, and on top of that the castle, its steep streets, and all covered hillock to the east by a mountain, that branch or first step and is said to be Mariola. Bañeres were doing on that day of the feast of St. George, which continued into the next with a roar of shots and attacks, representing the capture of the castle by the Moors and later made dam that Christians ".

From this notebook extracted the essence of our religious holidays: the celebration of Saint George's Day. So we can say that the Moors and Christians Mariola celebrated every year, and sporadically, at the same time, in honor of the patron saint.