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How do people celebrate 9th of October in Valencia?

People from Valencia celebrate the Day of the Valencian Community with fire, music and food.

The Day of the Valencian Community takes place every 9th of October. But do you actually know why? No, then you must read about the historical event that took place on this date.

9th of October marks the anniversary of King James I of Aragon’s capture of the city of Valencia from Moorish forces in 1238. To celebrate this, parades are held all around the city, nearby towns and villages. People dress in medieval costumes and organize communal meals and parties.

The Day of the Valencian Community is an anual public holiday in Valencia, so if you’re in Valencia makes sure that you have groceries at home as most shops and supermarkets will be closed. Public transport services runs to a reduced schedule, and due to the fireworks and parades traffic disruptions are caused especially in the city centre.

Multiple activities will take place this year, including:

– Palaces free entry (from 10am to 8pm)
– Parades (7pm)
– Live concerts (Midday to 10pm at La Marina)
– Night Fireworks by the Turia Gardens (midnight)

Check the full program here

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