What’s on: Three reasons to love September

From mime festivals to the re-enactment of famous Roman battles, Spain has something for everyone going on in September.

Carthaginians and Romans Fiesta, Cartagena, Murcia, September 10th – 21st.

Cartagena, Murcia plays host to the annual Carthaginians and Romans Fiesta between September 10th and 21st.

Originally, Phoenicians from what is today Lebanon, the Carthaginians got their name after settling in North Africa, where they mixed with the native Berber population.  With Carthage as their capital, they continued their seafaring traditions throughout the Mediterranean. The Roman Empire had other ideas, however fighting and confiscating territory where ever they faced opposition to Roman rule. The Fiesta celebrates the Roman victory over the Carthaginians during the Second Punic War over 2,200 years ago.

Fiestas de la Mare de Deu, September, the 7th and 8th, Algemesí, Valencia.

Dating back to the Middle Ages, the Fiestas de la Mare de Deu has been recognised as a UNESCO Cultural Heritage event. A huge parade of giants takes place featuring King James I of Aragon, his wife and many popular figures from the bible. 1,400 people take part in the main event before partaking in a meal of traditionally made paella.

International Mime Festival, September, 19th – 23rd, Sueca, Valencia

 

Sueca’s International Mime Festival is the only festival in Spain dedicated to the gestural theatre; it is considered to be one of the most important in Europe and guarantees fun and frivolity for the entire family.

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