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The Moors and Christians Festival in Dénia

Download here the programme of the Moors and Christians Festival in Dénia 2017.

With the celebration of the Moors and Christians Festival in honour of Sant Roc, the streets of Dénia will be brought back in time during the festivities. They will take place from 13th to 16th of August, although there are some events at the beginning of the month.
These festivities are held to remember the fight that took place between Moorish and Christian people over the territory of Spain, a fight that ended with the recapture of the territory by the Christians and the stop of the centuries-long occupation of the Moors.

This period of history will be presented through events such as the landing of the Moors at the port of Dénia which symbolises the invasion on the part of the moslems of the territory. This event is followed by the sign of the truce by the ambassadors of both sides at the plaza del Consell. The Moors decided to breake the ceasefire and the Christians took up arms.

Once the battle of the territory has begun, you can see the Moors and the Christians in their traditional uniform and the “filaes” marching and proudly defending their pride. This pageant will walk through the main streets of Dénia: on 14th of August the younger ones and on 15th (the “día grande” of the festivities”) the adults. This pageant is the most important act of the festival. The unfolding of music, grace and art of both fronts will amaze the viewers.

On the last day of the festival (16th of August) the disembarkation of the Christians takes place, on which the “festeros” of the Christians come to the port and challenge the Moors (the parliaments). The meeting will culminate in a fight, “la batalla de arcabucería“. The Moors can not defeat the Christians (milagro de la niebla) and finally surrender (la rendición).

Despite of this result of battle, the festeros march toward the plaza de Convent in an informal pageant to listen to the hymn of Dénia.

The festivities will finally end at midnight with the artificial fires of the castell. The fire you can watch from the beach marks the end of a magical and unforgettable night.

It’s a festival in honour of the history, the tradition and the magic of a town, which revives the spirit of the past every year. If you visit Dénia for this Festival, you won’t forget it!

 



The pronunciation in Spanish is easy in comparison with other languages. Normally, you pronounce the words the way you write them, but there are also exceptions to the rule.

For good pronunciation we recommend you listen to the language whenever possible: watch movies and videos on YouTube in Spanish, listen to audio books in Spanish, etc. Even better, if you have the chance, take Spanish classes.

For a better understanding, we have listed some pronunciation keys below:

PRONUNCIATION KEYS

The phoneme Z [θ]

The C [k] is pronounced in case of CA (casa), QUE (queso), QUI (quince), CO (comer), CU (cuatro)

The Z [θ] is pronounced in case of ZA (zapato), CE (centro), CI (ciento), ZO (zoo), ZU (zumo)

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The phonemes C / S

It’s very common for our spanish students to replace the phonemes of CE and CI with “S“. To say, for example, “servesa” instead of “cerveza”. In reality, the “seseo” (to pronounce the s instead of z or c before i and e) is very popular in parts of Andalusia, in the Canary islands and in Latin America. 

It doesn’t matter if you say “s” instead of “C”, as the majority of the native spanish speakers pronounce it like that, but while writing remember to write the “c” and not the “s”.

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Learn the parts of the house and the furniture in Spanish here.

To learn the vocabulary you could put stickers or post-its on your furniture for a couple of weeks.

THE PARTS OF THE HOUSE IN SPANISH

LA COCINA – THE KITCHEN

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EL DORMITORIO – THE BEDROOM

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EL SALÓN – THE LIVING ROOM

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EL CUARTO DE BAÑO – THE BATHROOM

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OTHERS: el jardín – the garden, la terraza – the terrace, el garaje – the garage, el estudio – the study

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There are several mistakes which occur frequently while learning Spanish. You should have a look at this overview to see if you make one of the mistakes listed.

1. THE VERBS “SER” AND “ESTAR”

Our spanish students are repeatedly confused between the verbs “ser” and “estar”. The uses of these verbs are explained in the blog article How to use “ser” and “estar” in Spanish.

THE USE OF “SER”

These are the most common uses of the verb:

NAME/ORIGIN/NATIONALITY AND PROFESSION: Soy Clara. – I’m Clara.
RELIGION: Soy católica. – I’m Catholic.
DEFINITION: Blanco es un color. – White is a colour.
DESCRIPTION: Soy alto. – I’m tall.
TIME: Son las 6 y media. – It’s half past 6.
DATE: Hoy es 26 de abril. – It’s the 26th of April.
DESCRIPTION OF MATERIALS: La mesa es de madera. – The table is made of wood.
PROPERTY: El libro es mio. – The book is mine.
PRICE: Son 10 euro. – That’s 10 euros.
PASSIVE: El Quijote es escrito por Cervantes. – El Quijote was written by Cervantes.

THE USE OF “ESTAR”

These are the most common uses of the verb:

LOCALISATION: Dénia está* en España. – Dénia is located in Spain. (*Exception: Events ¿Dónde es el cumpleaños? – Where will the birthday take place?)
PRESENCE: ¿Estás en el cine? – Are you in the cinema?
TO BE READY: ¿Cuándo estarán los resultados de las pruebas médicas? – When will the results of the medical testing be available?
ESTAR + GERUND: Estoy aprendiendo español. – I’m learning Spanish.

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