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San Antonio


"La Matxà de Sant Antoni" in Valencian, is a festival that takes place on a Saturday around January 17th and in which the patron saint of animals, San Antonio Abad, is venerated. The origin of the festivity goes back centuries when it was aimed at asking for protection and fertility from animals useful for working in the fields. It consists of lighting a bonfire in the Plaza de la Iglesia where, after the procession, the animals are blessed and the typical "rotllo", a type of bread that is baked exclusively for the celebration, is handed out. The clavarios of the village are in charge of organizing and paying the expenses of the celebration, after distributing the rotlos. It is a tradition that they invite the closest people of the village to buñuelos, moscatel and orelletes.


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