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JESUS NAZARENO 2019 - THE FINAL THREE DAYS
The Flower Crosses - The Flower Offering - The Ascent of the Image

Tuesday 30th April 2019

The festivities which honour the town's treasured image of Jesús Nazareno come to a conclusion over the next three days and we have attempted to describe which will be happening so you can get the most of experiencing the town's most religious festival of the year which features the delightful flower crosses, the flower offering and the emotional ascent of the image to its usual home in the blue-domed chapel of Calvario before everything is brought to a close with the firework display.

Wednesday 1st May - The Flower Crosses
The first day of May is a national holiday in Spain as it is across many parts of the world so businesses and shops will be closed or open on a very limited basis. In Xàbia May 1st has an additional importance as it is the day of the flower crosses. These amazing creations are placed by the mayorales of the fiestas of Jesús Nazareno, the protagonists for the current celebrations who were selected by ballot on the final day of the previous year's festivities (see below, May 3rd). These gentlemen - by tradition, they are always male - spend months designing and putting together their flower crosses outside their homes; quite often they task professional designers to create stunning visual images and the cost can be quite phenomenal, usually more than 2,000 euros. Since the locations of many of the crosses change every year, a special map is produced so that you can wander at your leisure to visit and admire them. However, a great way to see them is in the company of the minstrels of La Tuna de Xàbia who serenade each one of the evening of May 1st. The tour begins in the square in front of the town hall building at around 8.00pm. The minstrels will sing a couple of songs in front of the cross with the representatives of the town council, normally the mayor and several councillors, standing in front of it. Quite often a traca is set off, a long string of firecrackers so be aware of what's going on around you as you might find yourself standing close to one; it's probably not a good event for dogs either. And that will be the pattern for the rest of the evening, a long string of explosions, the minstrels singing to the cross and its owners who will be standing in front taking the accolade. In many places there will be drinks and snacks on offer, usually mistela, a sweet wine typical of the region and coca maria, a type of sponge cake often made with lemons or chocolate, along with olives, crisps, etc. It's a long evening with plenty of walking and good exercise.

Earlier in the day, which is also designated as 'children's day' within the programme of Jesús Nazareno, there will be inflatables, games and rides on carts for the kids in the Plaza de la Constitución followed by a chance to take a free plate of paella amongst the trees of the Parque Montaner above the square where a giant paella will be cooked over wood. Click here for the full programme.

javeamigos.com | Fiesta Jesus Nazareno 2019 - May 01

javeamigos.com | Fiesta Jesus Nazareno 2019 - May 01

javeamigos.com | Fiesta Jesus Nazareno 2019 - May 01

Thursday 2nd May - Flower Offering
The main event of the penultimate day of the festivities is the offering of flowers to the image of Jesús Nazareno who has been presiding over the town inside the historic church of San Bartolomé. Representatives from many penyas and associations will gather in the Plaza de la Marina Alta in front of the post office and then at around 8.15pm they will begin a long procession through the streets of the historic centre, heading down the main street, through the Placeta del Convent and passing by the niche of Jesús Nazareno in the street of the same name before climbing back up along Carrer Mayor to the church in the heart of the town. One by one they will pose in front of the treasured image with their offering for photographs before handing over the flowers to members of the brotherhood who will use them to create colourful displays alongside the image. It's a time when the whole town seems to come out to make the offering from the very young being pushed through the streets by their proud mothers to the oldest members of the community who may have seen times changing but always have tradition to maintain. It takes some time and a lot of patience to see everyone through but everyone is welcome to enter the church, take a seat and then experience the evening.

Earlier in the day, the mayorales and brotherhood will have visited the day centre in the town and the Hermanos-Cholbi old folk's home on the way down to the port to hand over a special gift to each of the those in attendance whilst there will be a general ringing of the church bells at midday. Click here for the full programme.

javeamigos.com | Fiesta Jesus Nazareno 2019 - May 02

javeamigos.com | Fiesta Jesus Nazareno 2019 - May 02

javeamigos.com | Fiesta Jesus Nazareno 2019 - May 02

Friday 3rd May - The Ascent of Jesús Nazareno
This day is a local holiday in Xàbia so many businesses and shops may be closed or open on a limited basis. The final day of the main celebrations honouring the treasured image of Jesús Nazareno begin with the ringing of the church bells across the town as the sun rises above the horizon, followed by the 'wake-up' parade with thundercrackers, rockets and the band of CAM Xàbia which reminds everyone that this is indeed a special day for Xàbia. At midday the historic church of San Bartolomé will be packed solid for the special mass after which there is a presentation of diplomas to the current mayorales before a draw to select those who will represent the celebrations next year - and will be responsible for creating the flower crosses.

After the mass, everyone will wander down to the Plaza de la Constitución where there will be the thunderous mascletà, a typical event of the Valencian region which is essential a celebration of noise. Dozens of long lines of very loud firecrackers will explode alongside rockets piercing the sky to produce a rhythmic performance that gradually rises in volume and strength as you feel the air around you vibrate in unison. It's a stunning experience - almost literally so - as the explosions aim to replicate both the earthquake (when the firecrackers drop to the floor before violently exploding with shuddering effect) and the thunder (when rockets rise high into the sky to explode and fill their air with terrific noise. There's little colour because it is all about that noise, all about the intensity. So it's not an event to which you should being dogs. And ear plugs are advisable until you want to spend the whole performance with your fingers in your ears. After the final violent crescendo, those gathered to experience it normally break out into spontaneous applause. Click here for last year's performance on YouTube.

As the evening draws in, there will be another special mass at 7.00pm before the treasured image of Jesús Nazareno is heaved onto the shoulders of the brotherhood and carried through the streets of Xàbia and then back up the hill to the blue-domed chapel of Calvario where it will stay looking over the town until next year. Once again it feels like the whole town comes out to accompany the image on its journey, many people carrying candles to light the way and some even covering the distance bare-footed. As it enters through the grand gateway at the bottom of the Vía Crucis there will be several rockets released into the air; some people mistake these for the start of the firework display which brings the celebrations to a close but that's not until later.

There is no specific time for the firework display; it will happen when it happens, when the image has been safely return to the chapel and when the mayorales, brotherhood and people have safely picked their way back down the Vía Crucis and arrived in the main square of Plaza de la Constitución. It could be as early at 10.00pm or it could be as late as 11.00pm. The only way you'll really know for sure is to accompany the image to the chapel! Nevertheless, there will be a couple of single rockets sent up into the night sky to warn of its imminent start. The display has got much better in recent years. Some time ago it used to be released right outside the front doors of the chapel of Calvario before moving to its current location where the pyrotechnic team really gets to show off. Click here for last year's performance on YouTube.

javeamigos.com | Fiesta Jesus Nazareno 2019 - May 03

javeamigos.com | Fiesta Jesus Nazareno 2019 - May 03

javeamigos.com | Fiesta Jesus Nazareno 2019 - May 03





 

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