Festive celebrations have begun in Alfaz

FIESTA BEGINS: Mayor Vicente Arques (third right) joins in the fun.

THE Christmas spirit came early to Alfaz del Pi, thanks to the Norwegian community. For the fourth consecutive year the town’s Norwegian residents marked the beginning of Advent with a celebration attended by Alfaz Mayor, Vicente Arques, and local councillors.

A similar fiesta was held simultaneously in Kristiansund (Norway) and the two towns linked up onscreen to receive greetings from Father Christmas.

As always, candles, Christmas lights, dancing and Norwegian carols sung round the Christmas tree were at the centre of the fiesta.  

“Light is very much present in a Norwegian Christmas because this is the darkest time of the year,” explained Siri Lund, a member of the Jugelate Noruega committee.

There was a chance to sample traditional biscuits and drink mulled wine in a celebration initiated by a group of local Norwegian businesspeople who wanted to introduce Alfaz to their country’s Christmas traditions.

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