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The Magic of Disney Shines in Mojácar at Christmas

Mojácar celebrates, with great success, a mass party held for the first time in the locality and that is here to stay.

Thousands of people joined in with the call to “The Magic of Disney shines in Mojácar at Christmas”, turning the locality into an enormous stage where all the most famous characters from Disney films had fun with a colour parade, games, children’s workshops, guided visits, a gigantic paella for more than 1,000 people, songs from the best-known soundtracks from the Disney factory and a fancy dress competition.

Many families shared costumes and Disney themes with their children and friends on a day everyone enjoyed and that will become as established in the municipality as the Moors & Christians festival, the Night of Candlelight and the Romantic Night.

Mojácar adds to its festival calendar another celebration that will be the precursor to the Christmas festivities. Christmas festivities expected to be very special starting this year with the boost, in the event of being the winner, of the Ferrero Rocher “Together we shine more” Christmas illuminations contest, and that would put the municipality in line for a new focus for the celebration of Christmas.

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It is not just the mass participation of adults and children; it is also the good organisation and the success of each programmed activity that has prompted the public to request its continuity over time.

Parallel to the festival activity, the day began with a discussion table with the tagline: Was Walt Disney born here?, organised by the Walt Was Here? Mojácar Association.

All the information gathered over the two years of the association’s existence was exhibited at the table. Documentaries, press releases, interviews and TV programmes, in which a more than reasonable doubt about the Mojácar origins of Disney is expressed.

The Walt Was Here? Association came into being two years ago in Mojácar with the aim of rekindling the legend that was created around the possible Mojácar origin of Walt Disney. For this purpose, it has collected and interpreted all the related information and has been opening its own line of work.

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Without ruling out any information, they are in contact with the University of Chicago to find, around the early 1900s, the clue about the presence of the mother of the Mojácar child who is supposed to have been Walt Disney.

They are also waiting for a document from the 1940s in which the Government in Madrid requests from the Local Council information about a child, José Guirao Zamora, and the response of the local authority and of the Church. As a result of this communication there was a mysterious visit by the “men in black”, as locals called some men in suits who arrived in Mojácar, also in search of the aforementioned documentation, and who were supposedly from the FBI.

Dates that coincide with the collaboration of Walt Disney with this American police investigation body and with his marriage.

Was Walt Disney born in Mojácar? Everyone in the locality thinks so, and while the mystery is being uncovered, his magic and his charm are on display thanks to the children and to the whole locality celebrating an even more magical day, with the memory of him and of all his characters who have made children and grown-ups dream.

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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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