What are «October 9th» celebrations all about?
It’s the second time this year that Covid-19 has caused our local festivities in Valencia to be canceled. In March, the Fallas events were suspended and now we must announce that the October 9th celebrations will not be celebrated the same as they usually are.
October 9th is a very special day in the Valencian region as it is our Valencian Community Day, known in Valencia as Nou d’Octubre or Día de la Comunidad Valenciana. To sum it up, this important holiday is the anniversary of the Reconquista, when the Christians gained back control of Valencia in 1238, after 500 years of Moorish rule.
Every year, just like any Spanish holiday that we celebrate, October 9th usually has a mascletà to end the celebrations and plenty of traditional clothing can be seen throughout the day. But that won’t we possible this year with the mandatory health and safety precautions the city is under.
Despite these misfortunes, Valencia will be celebrating the Nou d’Octubre next week as they can! More info on events right here…
Visit the Reial Senyera:
This year, the traditional parade has been replaced by an exhibition. On October 9th, citizens and tourists can visit and watch the “Reial Senyera” which will be exhibited in the “Salón de Cristal” at the Valencia City Hall. The facility will be sure to enforce social distancing and safety measures.
As we mentioned above, the traditional parade has been cancelled, and therefore the Mascletà that closes the event. But don’t worry! The Valencia government had a trick up their sleeve. Instead, they plan to put on display all the fireworks that were cancelled during the Fallas Festival! So, on October 8th and October 9th, you’ll get to see big fireworks shows in and around Valencia, to avoid crowds!
Here you have the main fireworks schedule:
In the first column you’ll see all displays taking place on October 8th.
In the second column you’ll see the events on October 9th.
|Benifaraig:||10:00 pm||Valencia:||1:00 pm|
|Benimàmet:||10:00 pm||Beniferri:||2:00 pm|
|Carpesa:||10:00 pm||Borbotó:||2:00 pm|
|Casas de Bárcena:||10:00 pm||Benimàmet:||2:00 pm|
|Horno de Alcedo:||10:00 pm||Castellar:||2:00 pm|
|La Torre:||10:00 pm||La Torre:||2:00 pm|
|Pinedo:||10:00 pm||La Punta:||2:00 pm|
|Castellar:||10:00 pm||Massarrojos:||2:00 pm|
|Poble Nou:||2:00 pm|
From Friday October 9th to Monday October 12th, the City of Arts and Sciences will be offering a 30% discount on tickets to the “Museu de les Ciències” and “Hemisferic”. Also, visitors can enjoy discounts to the “Oceanogràfic” aquarium on these dates too! What’s more, if you were born in 2000, the City of Arts and Sciences invites you to visit the “Museu de les Ciències” for free to celebrate its 20th anniversary until the end of the year!
There are plenty more holidays and festivals coming up in the next few months in Valencia so be sure to follow our Euroace Blog to find out more about them.