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Fiesta

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Moros y Cristianos (Moors and Christians) is an annual fiesta celebrated in many Spanish towns, particularly in the Alicante and Valencia regions.

The festivals commemorate the battles between the Moors (or Muslims) and Christians during the Reconquista period (8th to 15th century); a week long series of marches and ceremonies represent the capture of the region by the Moors and subsequent Christian reconquest.

Participants are regular local people who enlist in filaes or comparsas (companies) that represent the Christian or Moor legions. Taking part means you get to dress up and march with your band, make explosions, fight on the beach and eat/drink your face off in your Penya (club house).

The Christians win in the end but the Moors get the best outfits.

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