PILGRIMAGE TO SAINT ANTHONY'S CHAPEL
The Pego festivities begin with the Porrat de San Antonio Abad, patron saint of animals, which is celebrated on January 17. On Saturday at noon they plant a pine tree in Pla de la Font. When the afternoon comes, the pine tree is set on fire and, around it, the participants make a popular barbecue with traditional sausages. On Sunday morning there is a pilgrimage to the hermitage dedicated to the Saint, located approximately two kilometers from the old town. There a mass is celebrated, the animals are blessed, and the tradition marks that you have to make three turns to the hermitage to protect yourself from the pain of the belly. A traditional Porrat is also set up where you can enjoy typical sweets, such as caramelized apples, nuts or sugared almonds.
FESTIVITY OF SAINT ANTHONY
La Vall d'Alcalà
They are held on the weekend closest to January 17.
It begins the previous Saturday, when the Festeros de San Antonio carry out the plantation of one pine.
On Saturday night, "cremà" day, the pine tree burns and there is live music.
Sunday at 7:30 am is the "Aurora", where people sing the song of San Antonio around the town until ending at Plaza Obispo Vilaplana where people await them with chocolate and "buñuelos". Later there is a procession, mass and a popular lunch.
It has been declared a Festival of local tourist interest in the Valencian Community.
BULLENT RIVER DESCENT
It is celebrated on a Saturday before Carnival, with hand crafted boats designed to protect the environment as much as possible. This activity was included in the festive schedule in 1986.
Fiesta and costume party around the town on Saturday night.
Saturday morning children dressed in costumes go off into Pla de la Font to celebrate Carnival with music and games.
In the years 1981-1982 the Pego's Ateneo Libertario organized a cardboard mask workshop to mark the Carnival, reminiscing about the one celebrated in our town before the war. These masks went all over the town entering bars and the dicoteque and nobody imagined that this action would become the most participative fiesta in town and the most popular Carnival throughout the Valencian Community.
DAY OF THE CROSTA
It is celebrated on Tuesday after Carnival, the eve of Ash Wednesday. This meal celebrates the arrival of Lent, and to say goodbye to the meat. Baked rice with crosta has become our typical dish par excellence, where the main ingredients are meat, rice and the beaten egg on top. It is a tradition that friends and families go to eat the Crosta on the beach or in the mountains.
Burial of Carnival. Parade of mourning and bonfires with the remains of Carnival, at the end of correfocs.
The name of Pinyata comes from the pinyata dance held in Pego in the past on the first Lent Sunday. The first Pinyata came out of four pubs and gathered in the Town Hall Square at midnight, where the different comparsas, together with its partners, dressed in rigorous mourning, carried their monument, in keeping with the Carnival, to burn it to the beat of the music and the percussion.
Years later (1992) the correfocs would be incorporated as the end of the fiesta and as a new way to celebrate the fire, symbol of this magic night. Other events that have been spontaneously incorporated are: photography competitions, fancy dress and comparsas competitions, dresses exhibitions, tv programmes, radio, etc.
Pego has a great tradition of Fallas. Back in the year 1947 the first ninots were already planted in Sant Josep Street, and in 1951 the first fallas in Sant Josep and Regueró Streets. In 1952, the famous falla la Vaca Lechera was planted in Sant Roc Street. In 1953, some fallas were planted in Regueró and Sant Bertomeu Streets.
All these fallas were only ninots and pieces of junk collected by people from the neighbourhood, which were skilfully dressed and painted to be offered to Sant Josep in his night. In 1954 the first falla as such was built, in the neighbourhood of Sant Josep, with the name of falla La Font.
This tradition has remained until the present time, with the exception of some years when the falla was not built. It is necessary to say that in 1955 the falla La Plaça was built and in 1957 the monument of the falla Del Natzaré appeared. These two fallas ended up joining and creating the current falla La Plaça i Natzaré and, curiously, this falla originated another one, but many years later, in 1997, which is the falla Del Convent.
On November 30, 2016, the fallas are declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by Unesco.
Pego has been characterized by its religious fervor since the medieval age.
One of the first documented brotherhoods is that "of The Blood", that is, the one we know today as that of Ecce-Homo, and its origin can be dated around 1579. This brotherhood venerated the Holy Sepulcher that was kept on an altar in the chapel of "hospital de pobres" de la Villa, where today the Ecce-Homo chapel stands.
Also important was the carved image of the Christ of Providence, attributed to the artist Damià Forment (16th century). From that moment other brotherhoods emerged, those that took their images in procession through the streets of the city, still closed by walls. In the middle of the 20th century the panorama of the brotherhoods is configured, which has almost lasted until today. The party begins on Palm Sunday and ends on Easter Sunday, the day the famous "Encuentro" is held. At present, Easter in Pego is made up of ten steps or images, which by customary order in the processional hierarchy are the following: the "Junks" Cross, the Garden Prayer, the Christ of the Column, the Ecce-Homo, the Jesus of Medinaceli, the Virgin of Sorrows, the Jesus of Nazarene, the Veronica, the Christ of Providence and Piety. Another really admirable and particular image is that of the Holy Sepulcher, which replaces that of Ecce-Homo on Good Friday night. On Holy Wednesday the traditional "Salpassa" continues to be celebrated, although distorted by time, without losing its charm of presence within the religious festival.
MOORS AND CHRISTIANS
The Moors and Christians, the fiesta par excellence, is celebrated at the last weekend of June.
On Thursday (at around 8.00 pm) the Moors and Christians child parade is performed.
On Friday (at around 8.00 pm) the Entradeta is performed.
On Saturday and Sunday (at around 8.30 pm) the Moor and Christian Entry starts.
On Sunday (at around 12.00 pm) a casual parade is displayed.
During the week there are other leisure activities such as concerts, children attractions, etc.
Wednesday: The Patron Saint's Day, in honor of the Holy Ecce-Homo. They are linked in antiquity with those of the Precious Blood and date back to the 18th century. On the previous day the image of Ecce-Homo is exhibited in the morning, and in the evening it is carried out from the Chapel of Ecce-Homo to the Parish Church of the Assumption. The following day in the evening the solemn procession with the image of the Holy Ecce-Homo is displayed from the Parish Church of the Assumption to the Chapel of the Ecce-Homo.
La Vall de Gallinera
The 8 small towns that comprise La Vall de Gallinera celebrate their patron saint festivities between July and August:
- Benirrama: Last weekend of July.
- Benissivà and Benitaia: First weekend of August, in honor of San Roque.
- Benialí: Second weekend of August, in honor of San Miguel and the Virgen de los Desamparados.
- Alpatró: From August 14 to 16.
- La Carroja: Third weekend of August, in honor of San Francisco de Borja.
- Benissili: Last weekend of August, in honor of San Pascual Bailón.
MOORS AND CHRISTIANS
L'Atzúbia and Forna
In L'Atzúbia, the Patron Saint and Moors and Christians Festivities are held between the last weekend of August and the first of September in honor of the Virgen de los Desamparados, the Cristo del Milagro, the Virgen del Rosario and San Francisco.
In Forna festive events are organized in honor of San Bernardo during the second half of August.
Some of the events are: Moors and Christians parade, rock concert, children's activities, festivals, parades, popular meals, religious acts.
La Vall d'Ebo
La Vall d'Ebo, a small town with narrow streets, with about 250 inhabitants, organizes a fair to present this native fruit, much appreciated as well as unknown, and, at the same time, spread the agricultural and cultural heritage of the municipality.
The "perelló" is a variety of apple shaped like a pear, with a skin between yellow and brown and a mealy texture.
It is a dry and tall fruit, its cultivation is carried out at more than 700 meters because it needs cold.
It is collected green and stored covered with cloth until it takes on a ribbed color, which means that it is ready to consume. The skin is hard and it is recommended to consume it peeled. It is sweeter than an apple and lasts about four months if it is left in a cool and covered place. It is normally consumed raw, in the form of jam or in cake.
Currently, between 120,000 and 150,000 kilos are harvested per season.
During the weekend gastronomic workshops, local products market, guided tours, music, children's activities and much more are organized.