FESTIVALS IN ORIHUELA
JANUARY Festivity of San Antonio Abad (Orihuela)
This celebration begins in the middle of the month, on the 17th, to commemorate San Antonio, the patron saint of animals. Held in the city's own palm grove, at the foot of the mountains.Several parades and processions through the streets are prepared, as well as several activities that give a special touch to the festivities.
The animals are baptized and blessed so that they have protection throughout the year and the already famous "Charlantes Contest" is organized where the talent of each participant to sell their products is valued. The next day there is a draw to give away a pig.