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Misteri d'Elx or La Festa d'Elx

We stay in Spain for another week and visit the Basilica de Santa María for the celebration of the Mystery at Elx (Elche)

This famous festival, is like last week's Fiesta Pilar a celebration of the Virgin Mary.

In Elche this is in the form of a Musical Drama which is performed august 14-15. According to the tradition it has taken place every year since the thirteenth century.

There are two acts The Vespra is performed on 14th of August and La Festa which follows the next day. All roles are performed by local nonprofessional actors.

A description of the Festival in English

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