Huercal-Overa keeps Costa Almeria tradition alive with the celebration of the Night of the Fires

SIGNIFICANCE: Local traditions “make up part of our emotional roots and sense of identity”, the Mayor commented CREDIT: Ayuntamiento de Huercal-Overa

BONFIRES glowed on the streets of Huercal-Overa on Saturday night when the town celebrated its traditional ‘Noche de las Lumbres’, or night of the fires.

The event to mark the anniversary of the transfer of the image of Christ from the old hermitage to the parish church in 1739 saw hundreds turn out. Mayor Francisca Lourdes Fernandez and local councillors were among those who joined the procession, carrying candles to light their way as their ancestors would have done.

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The Mayor commented on the importance of keeping alive local traditions which “make up part of our emotional roots and sense of identity and belonging to our town.

“We have to preserve our intangible heritage, paying particular attention to our children and young people so they look after and value it”, she added.


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