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From 13th to 22nd January, countless events honouring the patron saint of the animals, Sant Antoni Abad, are held, and many bonfires stand in the squares and streets of the towns and cities of Alicante, Valencia and Castellón. From 16th to 18th January, an impressive pyre of 20 metres high and 12 metres in diameter is made in Canals. This is one of the largest in the world, but not the only one.

In fact, in the province of Valencia all kinds of activities and liturgies are carried out, for example, as it happens in La Font d'En Carròs, or at Sagunto Street in Valencia. At this point and near it, there are traditional dances and a bonfire topped by a curious little pig is installed. In Benissa (Alicante), these celebrations have been listed as Festivity of Local Tourist Interest, as in Betxí and Borriol (Castellón).


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There are activites thoughout the weekend, but the lighting of the fire takes place at 9.00pm in the evening on Monday 16th January 2012

See the town hall website for more details on more events and times click HERE


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Sunday January 22.
11:00 am, a striking fireworks and a flight of bells announced the start of the proceedings. 
A parade through the streets of Barrio announce the opening speech, in collaboration with the ballet "Masters". 
12:00 pm, Ermiteta begins in Proclamation 2012 holiday in honor of San Antonio Abad, by Eugenio Vicente Esparza and then i Mollà, bell ringing. 
14:00 am, Fellowship Meal in the Restaurant El Cúgol.  Friday January 27 . At sunset, touch the Ave Maria and bell ringing. 19:00, child Dance through the streets of Les Eres, Santa Anna and San Antonio, ending in the Ermiteta. Saturday January 28. 8:00 am ,Plan of the fires. 10:30 am,  XIV chocolate for all children, sponsored by the Real Estate Penadés. 11:00 am, start at the Plaza Coronació, the Child Morning Festeros organized by 2012 and will feature the following activities : - Old games and various workshops organized by: Youth Movement of Santa Maria and Santa Maria Youth Centre.- Evidence of "Agility" children, bouncy castle, face-painting workshop, globuflexia, origami and the novelty, a parade to choose the best tandem of child and puppy, organized by L'Arche. - First Vespa concentration in Coronation Square, organized by Moto Vespa Club Ontinyent. 11:00 am On the street Sant Antoni, Painting Competition, organized by the Academy of Painting of Mary Castro. 11:15 am At the gates of the Ermiteta, enmpezarán guided tours with her ​​bell Campaners Colla d'Ontinyent 11:30 am, in the Placeta of Les Eres, craft workshops, randa; mantolls , etc. .. Free participation. 13:00 am, and turned touching the Angelus bells general. Will triggerfireworks in the street of Sant Antoni. 16:28 pm, followed by three blasts on call general flight of bells. 16:30 pm, at the gates of the Ermiteta, BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS and distribution of traditional garrofeta. At the same time begin the act of dog training.