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JESUS NAZARENO 2017 - FESTIVITIES CONCLUDE WITH EXPLOSIVE FINALE
Xàbia has been celebrating the 250th anniversary of the arrival of the treasured image

Thursday 4th May 2017

JAVEA NEWS | Jesus Nazareno 2017

The main celebrations honouring Xàbia's treasured image of Jesús Nazareno drew to a conclusion last night with a stunning firework display. It is a special year for Xabieros, the 250th anniversary of the arrival of the Nazarene in the town, a gift from the Duchess of Medinaceli in 1767 in gratitude for the village's congratulations on the birth of her first-born.

And the celebrations have marked that special milestone included a rare pilgrimage to the port, accompanied by devotees, a trip that occurs only once every 25 years for a special blessing and flower offering next to the sea from which the image arrived, and the publication of a special commemorative book exploring the last 250 years in Xàbia, the last two and a half centuries that the people of the town have been devoted to their treasured image of Jesús Nazareno.

As with previous years, the Nazareno was carried down from the iconic blue-domed chapel of Calvario built in its honour on Sunday 19th March, the Third Sunday of Lent, accompanied by the people of Xàbia carrying candles to be placed in the ancient fortress-church of San Bartolomé in the heart of the historic centre. For the next six weeks, the image, the perpetual mayor of Xàbia as indicated by the baton of office at its feet which was bestowed on it in 1967, the bicentenary of its arrival, stood proud in the town, venerated by its devoted. It left the church just twice and both on Good Friday, once at sunrise for the traditional Vía Crucis journey to the chapel of Calvario and then again as the sun set for the traditional parade around the historic centre.

The celebrations which honour our treasured image began as they always do in the last week of April and have included several new initiatives such as the beer festival on the opening weekend and the rice tasting on May Day. Rain reduced the bull-running in the Placeta del Convent and Ronda Colón to three days and those three evenings were as always well attended by aficionados of all ages. Two night of discos, organised by the Fogueres Commission / Quintà 2017 "L'Escampa" and the Moors and Christians Commission / Filà Captain 2017 "Jalufos", catered for the younger generation, providing music and dancing until the early hours. To mark the 250th anniversary, a special book was commissioned, written by acclaimed author José Font Caballero, and launched at a special presentation which included a video of precious film footage and images from the past as well as the inauguration of an exhibition in the municipal museum Soler Blasco which featured memories, photographs and memorabilia donated by the people of Xàbia.

On Saturday 29th April the treasured image was carried in pilgrimage from the church of San Bartolomé down the Avenida Juan Carlos I towards the port. Along the way it acknowledged several other devotions of Xàbia including the Virgen del Rocio before meeting with the image of Mare de Deu de Loreto outside the Asilo-Residencia Hermanos Cholbi which had been carried up from the port. After enjoying some traditional dancing provided by the Grup de Danses Portitxol, both images accompanied each other down the port, joined by an ever-swelling crowd of devotees and curious onlookers, and continued to the very edge of the sea from which it arrived back in October 1767. After a blessing and flower offering, the images were carried to the iconic parish church of Loreto for a special programme of events to mark on occasion that occurs only once every quarter of a century.

The following day, the Nazareno was carried at some speed back to the heart of the historic centre where it would remain for another three days. In the meantime, the narrow streets were filled with the aroma of flowers as the traditional crosses appeared across town and a special parade of the evening of May Day in the company of the excellent minstrels of La Tuna de Xàbia provided a perfect opportunity to visit them all, more than two dozen spread across the historic centre and the port. The following day, the image received offerings of flowers from children and adults, associations, representatives from fiesta commissions, those children taking First Communion this year and, of course, the Brotherhood of Jesús Nazareno, the group that is devoted to honouring the treasured statue.

And then, on the evening of Wednesday May 3rd, a local fiesta, the people of Xàbia gathered together once again carrying candles to accompany the image back to the chapel of Calvario, almost 45 days after it had left. As the night drew in, the dark skies were filled with light as a stunning and explosive firework display marked the end of the celebrations in honour of Jesús Nazareno, our treasured image.

To discover more about the fiestas honouring Jesús Nazareno, click here.

More photos and videos of this year's celebrations can be found on our Facebook page here.

JAVEA NEWS | Jesus Nazareno 2017

JAVEA NEWS | Jesus Nazareno 2017

JAVEA NEWS | Jesus Nazareno 2017

JAVEA NEWS | Jesus Nazareno 2017

JAVEA NEWS | Jesus Nazareno 2017

JAVEA NEWS | Jesus Nazareno 2017




 

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