The festivities in honor of the Holy Blood (Sang Santíssima), patron saint of the city, are the major festivals of Dénia.
Next you have an index with all the points that we are going to deal with.
When is celebrated
The party begins the morning of the first Saturday in July and lasts 9 days, until Sunday of the following week, usually ending with a castle of fires that marks the closure.
The party program varies each year, but always maintains at least the following main events (with the exception of July 2020 and 2021 for the COVID-19 pandemic):
Start of the festivities: first starter of bous and chupinazo
On the morning of the first Saturday in July, the Quintos (the girls and boys who turn 18 that year), distribute the programs with all the acts. Accompanied by the brass band, they liven up the street and prepare people for an intense festive week.
That same afternoon the first bull entry takes place, which leads to the first performance of the year of Bous a la Mar.
From 17 p.m., the street Marqués de Campo it is filled with music, people and a lot of bustle while the entrance is being prepared, and at 19 pm, the announcing shot sends the bulls that run through the main artery of the city and the Esplanade Cervantes to the square installed in the port.
Aplec de Danses
Sunday is a day of dance with the celebration in recent years of the Aplec de Danses in the afternoon and the performance of one of the dance schools in the evening.
On Monday of the holiday week, the day of the peñas, with nightly performances of orchestra and dance.
Tuesday is the Day Fallero. From early in the morning, thousands of falleros travel the city from house to house, participating in the cucañas that each commission prepares and wetting everyone with squirt guns. In the afternoon, one of the most important events of the week is held, presided over for the first time by the new Falleras Mayores of the city and in which the new positions of each falla are replaced.
En 2021, the Local Board Fallera decided, during these festivities, to replace Fallero and Float Day with events more adapted to the sanitary restrictions due to the pandemic, such as concerts and exhibitions.
The big day: La Santíssima Sang
Wednesday is the Day of the Santíssima Sang. Religious acts predominate, with the celebration of a mass in the morning and the procession through the city center in the afternoon. Another of the unavoidable appointments that day is the concert of the Agrupació Artística Musical, which brings together thousands of people.
Day of the elderly
Thursday is the old people's day, with a paella contest held in the Calle Marques de Campo and the distribution of cocas at night as the main acts.
Day that Fifths
The fifths celebrate their day on Friday of the festival week, the day in which another bull entrance is celebrated and that ends with a musical performance.
The parade of floats
The second Saturday of the festivities, except for the years 2020 and 2021 due to the coronavirus, the center of Dénia is dressed in color with the parade of floats, declared of Provincial Tourist Interest and that brings out the floats made by the eleven commissions to the street Falleras de Dénia, which also enter the contest.
In addition to the commissions, the Falleras Mayores and their courts parade, representatives of the festivals of other towns and associations of Dénia.
You can get more information about the Dénia floats by clicking on this link.
The festivities end each year on Sunday with the firing of the Fireworks castle.
In recent editions, the location of this castle is on the Torrecremada esplanade.
Bous a la mar
If there is something that characterizes the patron saint festivities of Dénia it is the celebration of the Bous a la Mar (Bulls to the sea), declared of National Tourist Interest from 1993 party, held in a semiplaza installed in the port. There, participants aim to get the bull falls overboard.
Thousands of people come to the square in the morning and afternoon sessions to see the show.
Historical data and curiosities
This celebration dates back to 1925 when the party took shape with the installation of a rectangular enclosure made of wood. Initially, Bous a la Mar They were announced in the festival program under the euphemism "Elements with an entrance to Pamplona style".
It was in 1973 when the expression "Bous a la mar" was born and it is preserved to this day. Their importance within the patron saint festivities is so great that since 1983 they are the protagonists of the posters announcing the main festival.
Festival Program of the Santíssima Sang
As we said before, the Fiestas de la Santíssima Sang, or Fiestas de Dénia, usually repeat a similar program every year. Or, at least, there are events that are fixed on the agenda for that week. Only during the summers of 2020 and 2021, due to the coronavirus pandemic, did the key acts vary.
Here you can check the programs of the Festivities of the Santíssima Sang of each year (and the current one).