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Fiestas in Moraira: "Sant Antoni" (January 2019)

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This 2019 Moraira Fiesta is in honour of Sant Antoni and is held every January in Moraira, Costa Blanca, Spain.


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January 2019



Event date & time

January 2019

Event type
  • Local fiestas

Moraira Fiestas 2019 | Moraira "Fiesta San Antoni" 2019

Fiesta in Honour of Sant Antoni (January 2019)

The "Fiesta San Antoni" is a January 2019 Moraira Fiesta. Hundreds of pet owners bring their animals - often dressed on their Sunday best - to church on the day of St Anthony, Spain's patron saint of animals. Animals are said to have been instinctively drawn to Saint Anthony throughout his life. Anthony, who was born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1195, is often depicted addressing a menagerie of animals attentively listening to his words. The festival has been celebrated largely uninterrupted since the 19th century. It is held in various parts of Spain.

"In the name of San Anton, receive this blessing," the priest, decked out in white robes, said as he blessed the animals presented to him in the doorway of the church. Many believe the blessing will ensure a long and healthy life for their pets. After having their pets blessed each parishioner received three bread rolls, one of which is traditionally kept for a year alongside a coin meant to ensure good health and to guarantee the blessing of the saint. The buns are baked according to a secret recipe meant to keep them soft.

The 2017 Programme is not yet available. As a guide, please see the 2015 programme below.


Friday 16th January
19:45   Presentation of the record -book "Pugem amb globus" of Mª Dolores Pellicer in the voice of Ruben Suarez in the Public Library of Teulada

Saturday 17th January
12:00   Collection of wood and installation of the bonfire of San Antonio in the square "Dels Porxes"
13:00   Bell ringing
16:30   Match of "Pilota Valenciana" organized by the Club "Pelota Teulada", at the street "Muret".
17:00   End of the installation of bonfire at the Square of "Dels Porxes"
19:45   Parade of demons of San Antonio, with the collaboration of the Theatre Group of Teulada, through the streets of the village, from the town hall square to the square "Dels porxes".
20:45   (approx.): Burning of bonfire of San Antonio at the same square.
21:00   Popular dinner: "Olla de San Antonio". Tables and chairs will be provided for dinner. Bar service at reasonable prices.
22:30   Live Music with the group "Urbalia Rurana", Valencian and Mediterranean folk music

Sunday 18th January
12:00   Gathering of carriages and horses around the hermitage of San Vicente.
12:15   Parade with the image of San Antonio from the chapel of San Vicente to the church of Santa Catalina.
          Organized with the collaboration of l'Associació de Traginers Alejandro Morell i la Colla el Falçó.
12:30   Blessing of animals and distribution of the typical cakes "rotllos de sant Antoni " at the church square.



Friday 16th January
16:30   Decoration of the Church's Square and fired rocket to announce the beginning of the festivity
18:00   Storytelling in the Church Square and then popular snack.

Saturday 17th January
11:00   Installation of the bonfire in the Plaza de la Iglesia
18:30   "Moraira on the Memory" Conference at the theatreof the bilding "Espai la Senieta"
20:00   Mass at the Church "Nuestra Sra. De los Desamparados" Moraira
20:45   Folk dances around the bonfire by the students of the workshop of the folk dances.
          Then "CREMÀ" burning of the bonfire at the church square.

Sunday 18th January
09:00   Church bells.
10:30   Procession of the children with the Musical Group "Clau de Mar"
11:00   Mass in honour of San Antonio Abad
11:45   Parade of animals from the square "les Sorts" up to the church to give the blessing to the animals.
12:15   Popular dances in the streets from the street "Doctor Calatayud" to the street " Mar".
13:30   Popular dinner in the street Mar organized by the Festival Committee "Nuestra Sra. De los Desamparados Moraira 2015", musical performance.
16:00   Hot Chocolate and cake.
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