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Packed Christmas Programme Full of Activities for Everyone

The traditional municipal nativity scene has been inaugurated in Mojácar with the blessing of the Santa María Church parish priest, Víctor Manuel Fernández, and with the presence of the Mojácar Mayor, Rosa María Cano, her government team and many members of the public, who as is customary attend this very traditional Christmas religious act.

The nativity scene has 35 figures that represent the most representative characters of traditional nativity scenes. Its elaboration is inspired by the construction and the landscape of Mojácar, using traditional fabrics, as well as the utensils that appear in the different scenes. It is situated in Plaza del Frontón, below the Santa María Parish Church.

The figures are highly realistic, acquired by the Local Council 50 years ago from a well-known Murcia workshop, with a Neopolitan tradition and inspiration from the Murcian nativity scene masters in their work.

Following the blessing, those attending could sample typical Christmas sweet treats, which accompanied by a good cup of hot chocolate extended the festivity, already with a marked atmosphere of Christmas and of excitement among both the children and the grown-ups, now that Christmas is approaching, and with the hope of the whole town that, along with the support of the entire region and of Andalucía, feels very close to being able to “Shine Brighter” this Christmas.

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This inauguration opens the programme of Christmas activities with the Christmas Zambomba Flamenca, in which flamenco singers will share traditional Christmas carols with those going along to the locality’s Multi-Uses Centre from 8pm onwards.

Flamenco continues filling Mojácar with light and colour at 8pm on Sunday 11th December in the Multi-Uses Centre.

On Wednesday 14th, among the religious acts, the traditional Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols stands out. An emotional meeting between faithful Catholics and evangelists for the reading of the nine lessons and an exchange of traditional carols from both cultures. It will be in the Santa María Church at 8.30pm.

There is a date with music and dance on Friday 16th December in the Multi-Uses Centre at 6pm, with a recital by the Music School students. And dance, in the same venue, at 8.30pm, with the latest performance by the Fusión Natalia Dance School.

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The programme continues throughout the Festive Season with carol concerts, cinema, parties for children, at which the presence of Santa Claus is expected, a postcard competition, a fun proposal from the Mojácar Music Band titled “Your Town Sounds Familiar”, and many other activities about which you can consult the Christmas programme the Local Council has made available to all its social media followers.

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Mojácar Extends the Period of the Christmas Illuminations

Mojácar’s attractive Christmas decorations thanks to being the winner of the Ferrero Rocher “Together we shine brighter” contest, added to the offers from traders and the hospitality sector, have made the municipality one of the must-sees this Christmas.

Every night Mojacar receives a large number of visitors, who come to enjoy the festive atmosphere that runs through the whole of the locality’s old town.

Given the raised expectations, Mojácar Council wants to let everyone who wants to gaze at these spectacular illuminations know that they will remain on, for the time being, and as a minimum, until the end of January, not ruling out the possibility of extending this period further and as already announced by the Mayor, Rosa María Cano.

With this decision, Mojácar Council wants to give thanks for the support fired up throughout the province in the campaign to become the competition winners and hence give the opportunity to all those who wish to enjoy the illuminations, without having to rush and without the need to stay within the limited calendar of the traditional dates of Christmas.

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This way Mojácar will shine brighter for longer and remain open for many more dates to be able to come to the municipality.

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Firefighters Donate Three Fire Engines to the Centre for the Hospitalised Children

The Levante Almeriense Firefighters’ Association has been to the paediatrics department to visit the hospitalised children and to make a donation of three fire engines for them to use during their hospital stay on these such important days.

These trucks are automatic and able to be steered by the parents of the hospitalised children or by the children themselves if they are a bit older. They also have a built-in Bluetooth music selection system, sirens, and are equipped with lights for emergencies.

The fire engines have been decorated by the firefighters themselves with all the emblems, shields and anagrams to make them replicas as similar as possible to the ones that they use. They have also devised a special system for fixing a hook so that there is the possibility of hanging IV bags or medications and they can be used by everyone without any hindrance.

They were received at the Huércal-Overa Inmaculada Hospital by the Health Delegate, Juan de la Cruz, the Inmaculada Hospital Manager, José Miguel Medina, and the paediatrics service Management Team and health personnel, who thanked them for their generosity towards the hospitalised children and their parents, an appointment they don’t fail to keep both at Christmas and throughout the year.

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For their part, the members of the Levante Almeriense Firefighters Consortium feel very pleased at having been able to repeat this visit that they never miss at Christmas, except those required due to lock down, and for having managed to bring happiness and smiles to the patients and their parents, making them forget the hospital routine, even if it is only for one morning; one of the aims that, for years, they have fulfilled at this time of year.

A touching gesture by the Levante Almeriense Firefighters team, which together with other initiatives, such as collaboration with different NGOs, sports events, etc., expresses their closeness to and their wish to be in contact with the public.

Added to the important work that the firefighters carry out in our society, they go a step further in their commitment to solidarity and assistance, with this type of initiative.

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The Traditional Festival of Nine Lessons is Celebrated in Mojácar

As has become a regular in Mojácar’s Christmas celebrations, the locality’s two most important religious communities came together for the Festival of Nine Lessons, a meeting of Catholic and Anglican faithful gathered around the reading of Genesis, in both languages, as well as an exchange of traditional Christmas carols from both cultures.

The celebration was officiated by the Mojácar Santa María Catholic Church Parish Priest, Victor Manuel Fernández, and the Costa de Almería Anglican minister, Alwyn Carter.

As is customary, the gathering was held in the Mojácar Santa María Parish Church, and was attended by Spanish and British faithful, Catholics and Anglicans, who jointly and emotionally celebrated this time of Advent, a prelude to the most important days of the year for the faithful of both communities.

The readings by the faithful begin with the Old Testament. By the hand of the prophet Isiah the birth of Jesus is announced and through the apostles Luke, Matthew and John, the impact of his birth on the world is related. The lessons, in Spanish and English, are interspersed with Christmas carols, also typical of both cultures.

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The Anglican tradition of holding the Nine Lessons Festival during Advent dates back to 1880, when the Archbishop of Canterbury designed the service for the eve of Christmas in Cornwall in the UK. It’s a service of nine short lessons from the Bible in which the story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah and the birth of Jesus is usually outlined.

The ceremony ended with the performance by the British and Spanish faithful of the well-known carol “Adeste fideles” (O Come, All Ye Faithful), sung in the original Latin.

Decorated for Christmas, the Santa María Parish Church, has an addition to its original charm as a place of meditation, highlighting the Parish Nativity scene, which is always set up by the Mojácar parishioners.

The Nativity, of great beauty, is the work of the Murcian creator Jesús Griñán from the locality Puente Tocinos, where there are the best Nativity scene makers in Murcia, and which has a grand modelling tradition.

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Although the central figures of the Nativity scene have been in the parish for a long time, new passages from the life of Jesus have been acquired over time from the same sculptor, so that today it is a display of great artistic and cultural value with movable figures that recreate the different trades of the time.

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