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9th October, Valencia Community great day
The 9th of October is the Valencia Community day, which people celebrate the arrival of Jaime I to the city of Valencia. This day is celebrated in the whole Community, although in a different way depending on the area.
Everything starts on the 8th of October, when a concert and a firework festival are celebrated in the old River Turia channel, to start the festivity. The next day, the Procession of the Real Senyera, the Valencia flag, takes place. In first place, the Senyera is descended from the City Council balcony, and after it departs on procession to the cathedral, then to the Alfonso el Magnánimo Square, where a flower offering to the Jaime I statue is realized, and finally back to the City Council Square, where a Mascletà takes place. The students of Spanish have the perfect opportunity to practise what they have learnt in their course of Spanish while they enjoy the city traditions.
In the afternoon the acts become more popular, with a popular dansà (a dance) in the Plaza de la Virgen. The most exciting and spectacular act of the day is the Entrada de Moros y Cristianos (a representation of the battle between Muslims and Catholics), which is part of the festivity since 2003. This procession takes around 5 hours and fulfils the city with music and colour, going through the city centre streets. This can be one of the best moments for the students od a Spanish language school to entertain themselves and enjoy the funniest part of the festival with their friends and classmates, complementing their course of Spanish with this lively sign of the Valencia culture.
Moros y Cristianos (https://www.google.es/
Costa de Valencia, Spanish language school (http://www.costadevalencia.com/