This Fiesta in honour of the patron saint of Javea, San Sebastian, and it involves lots of bull-running.
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San Sebastián Fiesta (January 2019)
St. Sebastian is the Patron Saint of Javea. The origin of this title is immersed in legend. Some people think that centuries ago, he liberated Javea's citizens from the scourge of the Black Plague epidemic. Others say that St. Sebastian is the Patron Saint of the Stonecutters, and given the town's artisan tradition of stone masonry work, it seems logical that they would grant him this title.
His holiday is celebrated on the 20th of January and until several years ago, it was limited to the celebration of a Mass and a string of fireworks called "tracas". Today it does have an events program which includes running of the bulls, street parades, children performances and sports activities. The street parade is now a typical feature which the Festivities Committee, accompanied by "dulzaina" (double-reed instrument) and tabalet (small drum) music, celebrates in the streets of the historical city centre to visit the different niches dedicated to the Saint in its streets
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