The day of the holiday is also the time for numerous interesting musical and theatrical performances, sports competitions and traditional bullfighting. You will see large dance floors and open-air cafes on many streets of the city. Cakes with figs and tuna are known as the most popular national dish for this holiday. It’s really delicious, so you should definitely give it a try. There is one more interesting tradition of the holiday - the choice of the queen. Each district of Alicante organizes its own beauty contest, and then the winners of those small contests participate in the final competition in order to be chosen the queen of the celebration. The festival is ended with spectacular fireworks and a laser show. As a rule, the most large-scale celebrations are held near Postiguet beach.
Many national holidays have a religious nature. For example, Holy Week remains one the most important celebrations. During this period are organized processions to the most important religious monuments of the city. No less than twenty religious communities take part in the festival. The pilgrimage of Santa Faz is a no less important event. The solemn procession walks from the old cathedral of St. Nicholas to Santa Faz Monastery, which stores the most valuable religious artifact - a canvas depicting the face of Jesus Christ. The sacred relic was brought to the monastery by one of monks in the 15th century. Since that time the monastery has become an internationally renowned center of pilgrimage.
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