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MAGDALENA CELEBRATIONS

Castellon de la plana Magdalena festivities
Magdalena Festivities in Castellón de la Plana
centered  on 3rd Saturday and Sunday of Lent, Castellón de la Plana lives its Magdalena celebrations, held traditionally around the third Sunday during Lent. The lights and design of the Gaiates, the mascletás gunpowder, the fervour of the Romería de les Canyes, the music and many traditional acts that cheer up streets and plazas of Castellón de la Plana during these major celebrations.

El Pregó, the celebrations begin
The main festivity in Castellón de la Plana is traditionally held every year after the third Saturday during Lent celebrating the transferral of the old city of Castellón, to the plain in the 13th century. The Magdalena celebrations have been declared of national tourist interest. The celebrations last nine days and offer a varied program that includes fun traditional, religious and sportive

Magdalena Festivities

Castellón de la Plana

The memory of the city's foundation has survived in the minds of generations of castellonenses thanks to their very special festivities. More than 700 years ago, the inhabitants of the nearby Cerro de la Magdalena came down from their mountains and settled in the fertile lands they have inhabited ever since.

The people of Castelló de la Plana celebrate the birth of the city every third Sunday of Lent with a big mascletà (or firecracker celebration). Starting 9th April the people of Castellon tell their own history to the world.

The celebrations in honour of the Magdalene were declared of National Touristic Interest in 1965. They begin with the Cavalcada del Pregó and the Romeria de les Canyes, a massive event starting at dawn finishing at the Magdalene hermitage at Castell Vell.

The spectacular Encesa de les Gaiates is one of the most significant moments during the celebrations, but there is more! Equally spectacular is the Galanía, which pays homage to the Queen of the festivities and her maids of honour.

The festivities also have a touch of modernity with the performance of pop bands, entertainment troupes or the more traditional bullfighting feria.

Visit Castellon de la Plana and let yourself be carried away by the magic of light, fun and tradition at the Magadalena festivities. Take part in the tradition and follow the Magdalene, when the people of Castellon bid farewell to their "Queen", shouting ¡Magdalena Vítol!


Party in the streets
The Magdalena is celebrated on the streets. In La Magdalena all the traditional and most representative elements of Mediterranean celebrations such as fireworks, music, dance, games and celebrations take place commemorating the beginning of the Spring season. The queens, who receive homage in the Galanía before the Magdalena festivities begin, such as the protagonists of these celebrations, the gaiateres and gaiaters, are the protagonists and spirit of these celebrations.

Music and dance festivals, concerts, performances, circus performances in the streets, theatre, correfocs and pasacalles are acts that make the visit to Castellón for these celebrations very attractive. On the last Sunday of the festive week, in the Plaza mayor, the Queen of the Festivities concludes the celebrations screaming "Magdalena Vítol" after lighting a series of firecrackers around the centre of the town.

Open and luminous, that is Castellón de la Plana, a city that looks out onto the Mediterranean, with the wild mountains behind it. Its temperate climate has brought many cultures to this area and still continues to attract people, along with its beaches, natural beauty spots, monuments and festivals. In fact, the city's main celebrations commemorate its founding and are popularly known as the Festival of La Magdalena, which takes place from 6th to 14th March and is deemed to be of National Tourist Interest.

Legend has it that over seven centuries ago, a whole village left the mountains to settle in the plains. There, around a humble Muslim farmstead, a town grew that would eventually become Castellón de la Plana. During their descent, night fell and with it came a storm. So as not to get lost, these first settlers tied small lanterns to the end of the sticks and canes they were using to feel their way along the path, to light the way. The children were wearing bread rolls around their necks and were tied with ribbon to the illuminated crooks carried by their parents.

Parade of the Fiestas de la Magdalena
This tradition is revived every year, as the people of Castellón de la Plana, with their bread rolls, canes and handkerchiefs knotted around their neck, return to the mountain of La Magdalena, loyal to their origins. Another major feature of these celebrations are the Gaiatas, monuments of light (only found in Castellón de la Plana) which are paraded on the night of the third Sunday of Lent and which remain in different squares around the city throughout the week-long celebrations. There is also the 'Cabalgata del Pregón', a procession that shows spectators the true ethnology of the customs maintained by different villages around the province.

Throughout the week, there are concerts, firework displays and bullfights, performances by street theatre troupes, celebrations, processions and popular feasts with their famous dancing in the square. Finally, the festive week comes to a close with an offering to La Mare de Déu del Lledó, the patron saint of the city, and the Magdalena Vitol, the finishing touch to these popular street celebrations where everyone can take part.
TOURIST INFO CASTELLÓN
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12003
Tel: 964358688

Email: castellon@touristinfo.net

Castellon de la Plana
Magdalena festivities
Magdalena Festivities in Castellón de la Plana
Castellón de la Plana lives its Magdalena celebrations, held traditionally around the third Sunday during Lent. The lights and design of the Gaiates, the mascletás gunpowder, the fervour of the Romería de les Canyes, the music and many traditional acts that cheer up streets and plazas of Castellón de la Plana during these major celebrations.



The Magdalena is celebrated on the streets. In La Magdalena all the traditional and most representative elements of mediterranean celebrations such as fireworks, music, dance, games and celebrations take place commemorating the beginning of the Spring season. The queens, who receive homage in the Galanía before the Magdalena festivities begin, such as the protagonists of these celebrations, the gaiateres and gaiaters, are the protagonists and spirit of these celebrations.

Music and dance festivals, concerts, performances, circus performances in the streets, theatre, correfocs and pasacalles are acts that make the visit to Castellón for these celebrations very attractive. On the last Sunday of the festive week, in the Plaza mayor, the Queen of the Festivities concludes the celebrations screaming "Magdalena Vítol" after lighting a series of firecrackers around the centre of the town


Type: Programa de fiestas
Towns: CASTELLÓ DE LA PLANA/CASTELLÓN

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Teléfono 964 232 658.




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