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 FIESTAS IN JAVEA | Fiesta Calendar 2018


January 2018

05

LOS REYES MAGOS · Procession of the Three Kings
The Three Kings - Baltazar, Gaspar and Melchior - arrive in Xàbia via fishing boat bearing gifts for excited children. There are two processions; one through the port and a second later in the evening through the old town to the Placeta del Convent.
[Click here to discover more about LOS REYES MAGOS]

06 

EPIFANÍA DEL SEÑOR · Epiphany
National Holiday
· most if not all businesses and shops will be closed

13
14

SAN ANTONIO ABAD · Burning of the Pine Tree / Blessing of the Animals
A popular festival for pet-owners and animal lovers, it also features the traditional burning of the pine tree in Plaza de San Antonio, warming up the winter night courtesy of the members of CAE Tiraset, followed by the blessing ceremony of pets and other domestic animals in Plaza de la Constitución.
[Click here to discover more about SAN ANTONIO ABAD]

17

FESTIVIDAD DE SAN ANTONIO ABAD · Blessing of the Animals
The actual feast of San Antonio Abad is celebrated with a special mass in the church of Nuestro Señora de Loreto in the port followed by a short procession and a blessing ceremony of pets and other domestic animals on the port promenade.
[Click here to discover more about SAN ANTONIO ABAD]

19
21

SAN SEBASTIAN · Bull Running
San Sebastian has been the patron saint of Xàbia since medieval times when the terrified population of the village prayed to his image for special protection as the 'Black Plague' devastated Europe. Largely forgotten in recent years, the celebrations have been resurrected with bull-running around the church square.
[Click here to discover more about SAN SEBASTIAN]

February 2018

10

CARNAVAL · Fancy Dress Processions
Kids and Adults Procession through the Historic Centre of Xàbia

March 2018

04

La Baixada de Jesús Nazareno
Third Sunday of Lent - the traditional descent of the treasured image of Jesús Nazareno from the blue-domed chapel of Calvario to the fortress-church of San Bartolomé in the heart of the historic centre of Xàbia.
[Click here to discover more about JESUS NAZARENO]

19

SAN JOSÉ (El Día del Padre) · Fathers Day
Autonomous Holiday - most shops and businesses will be closed or open on a limited basis

25

Domingo de Ramas · Palm Sunday
Special Mass and Processions with Palms

30 

VIERNES SANTO · Good Friday
National Holiday
· most if not all businesses and shops will be closed or open on a limited basis
Traditional Solemn Good Friday Candle-lit Procession through the historic centre

April 2018

01

EL DÍA DE SEÑOR · Easter Sunday 
Special Mass / Meeting of Peñas and Associations in the church square

02

LUNES DE PASCUA · Easter Monday
Autonomous Holiday - most shops and businesses will be closed or open on a limited basis

09

SAN VICENTE FERRER · Patron Saint of Valencia
Autonomous Holiday - some shops and businesses will be closed or open on a limited basis

15

SAN FRANCISCO DE PAULA (Placeta del Convent)
one of the oldest fiestas in Xàbia, celebrated with a special mass and a procession with the image around the historic centre

22
03
May

FIESTAS EN HONOR DE JESÚS NAZARENO
The treasured image of Jesús Nazareno arrived in Xàbia two and half centuries ago. In 1834, as cholera swept through the region, the population prayed to the image for salvation and there were no more deaths. In 1967 the image was named 'mayor in perpetuity' on its 200th anniversary and in 2017 the town celebrated 250 years.
[Click here to discover more about JESUS NAZARENO]

May 2018

01 

FIESTA DEL TRABAJO · May Day
National Holiday
· most if not all businesses and shops will be closed or open on a limited basis
 

03 

EL DÍA DEL CRUCES · Flower Crosses and Rise of the Image
Local Holiday
· most businesses and shops will be closed or open on a limited basis
The final day of the celebrations in honour of Jesús Nazareno, the treasured image is carried back to the blue-domed chapel of Calvario, followed by fireworks.

[Click here to discover more about JESUS NAZARENO]

04
06

XÀBIA FOLK 2018 (Plaza de la Constitución / Ermita de Santa Llúcia)
04 (22:30) Carmen París & Nabyla Maan | 05 (19:00) Quambilet / (20:30) Balkan Paradise Orchestra | 06 (12:00) Baserabia @ Ermita de Santa Llúcia)

06

EL DÍA DEL MADRE · Mother's Day
 

June 2018

14
24

FOGUERES DE SANT JOAN DE XÀBIA 
Arguably the biggest party of the year in Xàbia, the Fogueres features bull-running, live music, inter-peña games, musical parades, paella competitions, sports events, children's activities, the famous fire-jumping of 'Nit dels Focs' and the final night musical fireworks and symbolic burning of the fogueras.
[Click here to discover more about FOGUERES DE SANT JOAN]

28
30

XXIII FESTIVAL CULTURAL INTERNACIONAL DE XÀBIA
Representatives of countries from across the world offer traditional food and drink in this popular three-day festival with a wide range of accompanying live music and entertainment.



July 2018

14
21

MOROS I CRISTIANS DE XÀBIA
The noisy and colourful fiesta celebrating the Christian reconquest of Spain and staged in honour of San Jaume the Moorslayer. The programme includes concerts, processions, flower offering, the Islamic invasion followed by the Christian reconquest and finishes with the fantastic gala parades.
[Click here to discover more about MOROS I CRISTIANS]

16

VIRGEN DEL CARMEN
The seafarer's fiesta of thanksgiving which features a special mass, short procession through the port and then the journey of a flotilla of boats into the centre of the bay of Jávea to make the traditional offering of flowers.

August 2018

03
05
pending

MARE DE DÉU DELS ANGELS (FIESTA LA PLANA)
Traditional fiesta celebrated on the plateau of La Plana around the
Santuario de Ntra. Sra. de los Angeles with processions, community meals, live music and activities for children.
[Click here to discover more about FIESTA LA PLANA]

03
05
pending

XÀBIA JAZZ 2018
The popular annual international jazz festival in Plaza de la Constitución.

11
12
pending

FIESTA PORTITXOL
A celebration of traditional music and dancing next to the tosca stone cross of Portitxol overlooking the island of the same name. The weekend features a procession, entertainment, music and dancing as well as a community dinner and traditional games.
[Click here to discover more about FIESTA PORTITXOL]

15 

LA ASUNCIÓN DE LA VIRGEN · Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
National Holiday
· most if not all businesses and shops will be closed or open on a limited basis
 

25
08
Sept

MARE DE DÉU DE LORETO (PORT FIESTA)
The popular fiesta in the port with the controversial and divisive but very popular 'Bous a la Mar' with its famous 'Baret dels Bous' with its fantastic seafood tapas, sports day, children's activities, live music, concerts, shows, community dinners, processions and the aquatic fireworks.
[Click here to discover more about FIESTA LORETO]

September 2018

08 

EL DÍA DE MARE DÉU DE LORETO
Local Holiday
· most businesses and shops will be closed or open on a limited basis
The final day of the celebrations in honour of Mare de Déu de Loreto with the solemn procession and the stunning fireworks finale.

[Click here to discover more about FIESTA LORETO]

12
pending

VIRGEN DEL POPÚL
Traditional pilgrimage to the chapel of Popúl on the Jesús Pobre road for a special mass followed by snacks.

October 2018

09 

EL DÍA DE LA COMUNIDAD VALENCIANA · Day of the Valencian Community
Autonomous Holiday
· most businesses and shops will be closed or open on a limited basis
includes the annual Vila de Xàbia community awards at the Ayuntamiento de Xàbia.

12 

EL DÍA DE LA HISPANIDAD · National Day of Spain
National Holiday
· most if not al businesses and shops will be closed or open on a limited basis
 

November 2018

01 

TODOS LOS SANTOS · All Saint's Day
National Holiday
· most  if not all businesses and shops will be closed or open on a limited basis
 

December 2018

06 

EL DÍA DE LA CONSTITUCIÓN · Constitucion Day
National Holiday
· most if not all businesses and shops will be closed or open on a limited basis
 

08 

LA INMACULADA CONCEPCIÓN · Inmaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgen Mary
National Holiday
· most if not all businesses and shops will be closed or open on a limited basis
 

12
13

SANTA LLÚCIA
The pilgrimage to the chapel on top of the hill of Santa Llúcia for a special mass and procession of the images of Santa Llúcia and Santa Barbára around the building. The evening before, there is an informal procession around the historic centre.
[Click here to discover more about FIESTA SANTA LLÚCIA]

25 

NAVIDAD · Christmas Day
National Holiday
· most if not all businesses and shops will be closed or open on a limited basis
 




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