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Old Town and Traditions
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Let’s now get to know the traditions of the municipality, traditions that have been preserved over the generations and are still present in the community today.
A typical spring festival is that of San Marcos (April 25), known in the village as “Patron of puddles”, because it is rare that it does not rain on that day. It celebrates the abundance of rain and flowers and the new life that comes back after the hard winter. On this date, people go out for a picnic in the countryside, mainly to the place of Gevas to taste, among other products, the “hornazos” that are made for the occasion.
This tradition includes a custom for bachelors and bachelorettes that after tying a bundle of grass and throwing it behind the shoulder, they must repeat the refrain: San Marcos, los huevos te ato, si no me sale novio/a, no te los desato. If during the year you find a partner, the tradition says that you have to go back to the place where you threw the bundle of grass and untie it.
Other festivities to highlight are the “Lumbres” of the day of Santa Lucia and the burning of the doll that marks the end of the carnival and the days of fun and excitement that are the carnival, prior to the fasting and deprivation of meat that Lent means for Christians on Ash Wednesday.
The Holy Week of Purchena is famous in the region for its excellent images, of natural size, emphasizing some like the one of the Father Jesus, replica of the one of Salzillo of Murcia. Among its processions are the Passion procession, the Holy Burial and the Resurrection procession. In this last one the costaleros run and dance to San Juan after the encounter with the resurrected Jesus. On the night of Saturday of Glory it is customary for young people to place their pretended orange branches in their windows.
Among our gastronomic traditions, we highlight the olla de trigo, las gachas, las migas o la fritada de conejo o de cerdo. Regarding liquors, the most typical of our town is the mistela, composed of grape must, brandy and the so-called “cuerva”, the sangria of the municipality. The native fruits of the municipality are the most produced in its fields: Chumbos, melones, uvas, higos, etc.
From this square, we head towards the Church of San Ginés, declared a Historic-Artistic Monument by the Junta de Andalucía in 1983.
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