Parade! On Valencia Day!

Yesterday was the “Diada de Valencia”, October 9, the “Day of Valencia” celebrated in all of the Comunitat Valenciana. There was a beautiful parade that crossed through a large part of the city. I wanted to share some of the images that I consider the highlights of the parade. By the by, the costumes were extraordinarily beautiful and the marching bands were superb. All in all it was a great show for the whole family. As far as I could see, everything was celebrated in peace and tranquility. There were a few protesters that tried to politicise the event but there was plenty of police afoot and the day ended in peace.

On the 9th of October, King James I liberated Valencia from the Moors. That is the reason why there is such Moorish influence in the parade. They have tried to symbolically include the different Moorish people that once populated Valencia and their Kingdoms. Balansyia, as the Muslims called Valencia, was lost to the Moors in 1238. The period of Muslim rule was from 711 to 1238.

The Moors were very tolerant to the locals. In Balansiya there was religious freedom for all, as well as hereditary privileges. These rights were not removed from the Christians of Valencia. Little by little, over the centuries, everyone dissolved into the Moorish population.

However, Balansiya prospered and blossomed. The Moors installed in Valencia very good irrigation systems and eventually turned the dry terrains of Spain into green lands and beautiful gardens. Actually, there is a neighbourhood in Valencia called Russafa (Ruzafa in Castilian) whose name means “garden” in Arabic. It was one of the areas that greatly benefited from the irrigation system which the Moors installed.

I mention this to clarify that although on the 9th of October the celebration is all about the re-conquest of Valencia, there is no animosity or ill will towards Muslims or Moors. The Comunitat Valenciana is proud of its heritage and recognises all aspects of her history and represents them in such spectacles as the parade on the Diada.

This is one of the many feast days and celebrations of Valencia that a visitor would greatly enjoy.

Coat of arms of Valencia
Coat of Arms of Valencia
(By Heralder, Elements by Xinese-v)

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4 comments

  1. ourcrossings · October 10, 2019

    Wow, just look at those beautiful outfits, sounds like a great festival to attend! 😊

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · October 10, 2019

      The costumes/outfits were amazing and very detailed and complete, down to the shoes and the accessories. It was a grand scale parade indeed! Thank you!

  2. Nurul Fitri Lubis · October 11, 2019

    Thanks for sharing this history, Francisco. I did not know that Valencia was influenced by the Muslim communities. I read about other regions, such as Andalusia and Cordoba. Or are they in the same region? Please forgive my ignorance. I should do more research about it. And, I love the colourful of the parades. And the clothes, they look so pretty. Spain has a lot of interesting places to see. I think I should spend at least a month or two just to see some beautiful places (definitely not all. Two months will not be enough). My best friend is from Madrid and kept asking me to visit Spain. I kept postponing it, till I got the long period to travel. Since I don’t want to come to Spain just to visit few mainstream tourist places only.

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · October 11, 2019

      Hello Nurul and thank you! Yes, there was much Muslim influence in the Conunitat Valenciana quite evident in the architecture and I am sure you will love visiting Spain! There is much beauty here almost everywhere. Hope you can visit. And it is ver nice to read your lovely words

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