The festivities in honor of the Holy Blood (Sang Santíssima), patron saint of the city, are the major festivals of Dénia.
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The party begins the morning of the first Saturday in July and lasts 9 days, until Sunday of the following week.
Events and party program
The party program varies each year, but it always maintains at least the following main acts: 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:XNUMX p.m., the announcing shot sends the bulls that run through the main artery of the city and the Esplanade of Cervantes to the square installed in the port.
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.
The big day: The Holy Blood
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.
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.
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 parties, the center of Dénia dresses in color with the float parade, declared of Provincial Tourist Interest and that brings out the floats made by the eleven fallas commissions of Dénia, which also enter the contest. Along with them parade the Falleras Mayores and their courts, representatives of the festivals of other towns and associations of Dénia.
The festivities end on Sunday with the shooting of the Fireworks castle.
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 until today. Their importance within the patron saint festivities is so great that since 1983 they are the protagonists of the posters announcing the main festival.