Traditional fiestas and holidays
From February onwards the world of fiestas opens up in Mojacar and the surrounding villages.
Carnival is celebrated in Mojcar with various events.
Día de Andalucía, Andalucia Day
On 28th February, Mojacar celebrates the official holiday for the Andalucian region, with concerts and public acts, including preparation of a giant paella in the village square.
Entierro de la sardina, Burial of the sardine
This traditional event takes place on Ash Wednesday each year (1st March in 2017).
Día de la Vieja, Day of the Crone
El Día de la Vieja (Old Woman’s Day) is celebrated on the Thursday that falls in the middle of Lent (23rd March in 2017) by way of a picnic with family and friends. There is a custom whereby the family create a home-made doll (piñata), designed to look like an old woman (made from cardboard, paper and material), the inside of which is filled with sweets. At the end of the picnic, the piñata is hung up and stoned by the children until the sweets fall out, thereby marking the end of winter season and the arrival of a fruitful spring.
Semana Santa, Easter
Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Semana Santa (Holy Week), which Mojacar celebrates in warm spring weather. It is a time of almond blossom, of oranges still on the trees, but also the beginning of beach days. Semana Santa activities begin with a concert from the local municipal band and are completed by the “Procession del Encuentro”, which reaches its climax under the ancient city entrance. In 2017, Easter Sunday falls on 16th April.
Romería de San Isidro, Pilgrimage of Saint Isidro
May sees the celebration of Romería de San Isidro. On a Sunday in mid-May, carts are covered with flowers and are drawn through the streets and out into the countryside, completing their journey at the hamlet of Sopalmo where the picnic and party take place. In the evening there is a mass in honor of Saint Isidro. In 2017, on the night of Saturday 13th May there is music and dancing in the Fuente area just below Mojacar village. On the morning of Sunday 14th May, the procession leaves the Fuente for Sopalmo.
Moros y Cristianos, Moors and Christians
Each June sees Mojacar’s famous festival of Moors and Christians. Held on a weekend close to June 10th, it is generally a three-day event. This is without doubt Mojacar’s biggest festival, partly because of the large participation from the townsfolk who prepare for this event all year long. The spectacular celebration of the peaceful submission of the Moorish stronghold to the army of the Catholic Kings, and the peaceful co-existence of the two cultures is renowned. The festival begins on a Friday with a re-enactment of the meeting between the Moorish Mayor and the Captain of the Christian troops. Then, the Moorish and Christian camps (known respectively as kabilas and cuarteles) are opened and the fiesta continues uninterrupted until the final glorious parade on the Sunday evening. In 2017, the fiesta runs from Friday 9th June to Sunday 11th June (to be confirmed).
San Juan Hogueras, Feast of St. John
On the night of 23/24 June, close to the summer solstice, friends gather to build large bonfires on the beaches of Mojacar Playa from any kind of wood, such as old furniture. The fires are lit at sunset and then the parties start. Drinks and food are shared around the fire and one custom is that couples jump hand-in-hand over the flames. Very much a party atmosphere and especially popular with the younger generation.
Dia del Patron San Agustin
28th August is the day of Mojacar’s patron saint, Saint Augustus. This traditional festival in honour of San Agustin is held over several days around the date and always includes the nearest weekend. Evening dances with live groups abound. The ‘Bringing of the Water’ from the fountain to be offered for the Saint’s blessing is when Mojaquera maidens wear their traditional outfits.
Dia de La Patrona Virgen del Rosario
The 7th October celebrates the Virgin of the Rosary with a traditional ribbon race on horseback.
In Mojacar, locals celebrate with a large dinner at home on Christmas Eve (Noche Buena), followed by Midnight Mass in the village church. Other special masses and concerts are usually held in the church.
Noche Vieja, New Year’s Eve
People gather beneath the church clock-tower in Mojacar Pueblo to drink cava and eat the twelve lucky grapes, one at each stroke of midnight. Afterwards, people wander from one village bar to the next, greeting old friends and making new ones, or move on to a club or private party.
Reyes Magos, Three Kings
On the afternoon of January 5th, the Three Kings lead a procession of floats and hand out presents and sweets to the local children. On January 6th, presents are exchanged between family and friends. Children hope to get the presents they asked for in letters to the Three Kings.