Valencian Community Day

Nou d'Octubre

A bit of History

Moors and Christians

Moros y Cristianos (Moors and Christians) is a traditional festival celebrated throughout Spain but mainly in the Valencian community.

The parade depicts the battle between Moors (i.e. Muslims) and Christians during a period known as the Reconquista (reconquest).

Festivity programming

Nou d'Octubre celebrations

Since the early 90s, Nou d’Octubre (literally, October 9, the way Valencians refer to this day) consists of several events that begin on October 8 with a concert at the Palau de la Música and fireworks in the Turia Gardens riverbed.

A flower offering

Valencia's flag Senyera

The Valencian flag, known as the Senyera, crosses the city and is taken to the Virgin’s Square for a flower offering to King James’ figure. The celebration ends with another mascletà.

October 9 detail

For Valencian lovers

It's also Valentine's Day!

This day coincides with Valencia’s Sant Dionis (Saint Dionisius) which is their own Valentine’s Day. Lovers give each other silk scarves and marzipan sweets called mocadorà.

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