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Festivities in the Genal Valley
Having been historically isolated, the towns villages in the Genal Valley share many fiestas and festivals, as well as sometimes having their own specific celebrations:
- Several towns and villages celebrate Easter Sunday by creating a garden allotment with flowers, fruit and vegetables, singing and dancing celebratory songs, and either hanging or burning a representation of Judas.
- It is also common in the area to hold wine festivals, where the first treading of local grapes is celebrated in the height of summer.
- Benadalid, a truly Arabic named village, holds its annual Moors v Christians festival in August: but do not worry, it is a very civilized celebration, where no-one wins or loses!
- In November, coinciding with the local religious celebration, Pujerra organizes the Chestnut Festival, with products incorporating chestnuts and even alcoholic liqueurs, in addition to the adjudication of the “Chesnut tree of the year” prize!
- Each Christmas, Benarrabá recreates Epiphany, with scenes from the visit of the Three Wise Kings to Christ, and the giving of presents to the children present.
- Every other year, Genalguacil holds a summer art competition, with the winner’s work taking permanent pride of place in one of the multiple street corners. A truly “artistic” village!