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The party of La Candelaria de Beniel, in 5.5 million coupons of the ONCE (23/01/2020)

La Candelaria party in Beniel is the protagonist of the ONCE coupon on Saturday, January 1.

Five and a half million coupons will spread this traditional festival of Murcia.

Juan Carlos Morejón de Girón Bascuñana, ONCE Territorial Delegate in the Region of Murcia and Mª Carmen Morales Ferrando, mayor of the City of Beniel, presented this coupon accompanied by the Vice President of the ONCE Territorial Council, Inmaculada Carrillo Burlo, the councilor of Culture and Celebrations, Antonio Navarro Santaella and the Head of the Game Department of the ONCE Territorial Delegation in Murcia.

The Candelaria festival has been celebrated in Beniel since the 18th century.

It commemorates the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple and the Purification of the Virgin.

Its celebration is February 2.

In the beginning, candles or burning candles were used in the processions, which gave rise to the name.

At 8 in the morning the images of San José and the Virgin are taken to one end of the town, where they are venerated.

At 11 the candles are blessed and the people will collect the images and return with them to the church.

The last of the acts mentioned is the traditional shot of the traca, which fills the entire Ramón y Cajal square with a powdery smell on a route of more than 1,500 meters.

During the traditional shot of the traca, the entire Ramón y Cajal square fills with the smell of gunpowder on a 1,500 meter route .

The mayor of the municipality Mª Carmen Morales said during her speech that "this presentation is a great step, as it is linked to a large advertising exhibition that will make February 2 bigger and known nationally."

The mayor has also stressed that "in days like La Candelaria the character of our people, the strength of our people and the value of our traditions makes Beniel a place to visit every February 2 and a memory to keep always".

In the offertory we proceed to the rite of the offering of the presentation, in which Saint Joseph offers two turtledoves or pigeons and the Virgin presents the Child, which remains on the altar.

La Candelaria is the most popular festival in Beniel.

The streets are filled with stalls that offer visitors the traditional 'torraos', hazelnuts, candies, and balls made with toasted sugar;

and the 'samblases' that mothers hang around their children's neck to prevent them from drowning.

From the Department of Culture and Celebrations have also been developed in recent years free concerts during the afternoon of February 2, near bars or establishments to boost its activity.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Beniel

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