By Euro Weekly News Media • 20 July 2011 • 10:47
FOR the fourth year running, the Celts of Guardamar will participate in the local Moors and Christians festivities. The events take place every year around July 25 (Feast of St James ad Patron Saint of the Town).
This year Guardamar’s fiestas have been recognised as events of regional tourist interest and it is hoped that this will bring even more tourists to the fiestas here in Guardamar.
The involvement and integration of expats in this traditional fiesta is unique throughout the whole of Spain.
As is written in history, in 1609, when the Moors were expelled from the Kingdom of Valencia and shipped to the north African shores, Celts were recruited as mercenaries – and as ruthless fighters to help the Christians and consequently, still exist today – as can be seen in the north of Spain – where he Celts are alive and well and still have control of parts of the north of Spain – Asturias and Galicia – where they still have the bagpipes.
Having convinced the Organising Committee of Guardamar, the Group or Fila was born and continues today as a group of international like-minded people – both Spaniards and Celts – who religiously take part in the annual Guardamar spectacle.
The Moors and Christians festivities in Guardamar started last Friday and continue until this Sunday.
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