Alfas del Pi celebrates 160th anniversary of the ‘Christ of Good Success’

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MUNICIPAL FESTIVITIES take place on Sunday

Alfas del Pi prepares to celebrate the 160th anniversary of the arrival to the municipality of the Santismo Cristo del Buen Acierto (Christ of Good Success).

For this, the parish of San Jose, the Polyphonic Choir l’Alfas Canta and the Department of Fiestas have organised a celebration to take place on Sunday March 26 at 11.30am in the Main Square.
‘On Sunday, the costaleros will carry the statue of the Christ to the square to receive the embrace of the village’ said Jose Antonio Rubio, Director of the L’Alfas Canta choir and promoter of the event.
Last Friday, Rubio presented the event together with Vicente Arques, Mayor of Alfas del Pi, Marisa Cortes, Mayor of Fiestas and Miguel Angel Schiller, the parish priest of the town.
‘It is a celebration to pay homage to the elders of the municipality. We give respect, devotion and tribute to our elders, because thanks to them, the link of Alfas del Pi with his Christ of Good Success has passed from generation to generation and continues today as strong as the first day’ said Rubio.
The day will start at 11.00am on the Plaza de la Creueta, from where the procession will head to the Plaza Mayor to the sounds of the Escola de Dolcaina i Tabal de l’Alfas, with Paco ‘El Besso’ at the front, and the Sociedad Musical La Lira.
Upon reaching the Plaza Mayor, the Christ of Good Success statue will be taken in to the chapel of San Jose to preside over the celebrations, which will be officiated by the parish priest Miguel before the L’Alfas Canta choir take over, with more than 40 voices accompanied by a dozen string instrumentalists. The event will end with the traditional dances with participation from the queens and ladies of the parties.
Thanks to the research carried out by Angela Castillejo, Jose Rafael Frias and Jose Soler, as described in the book ‘History of a legacy’, it was found that the carving of the Holy Christ of Good Success came to Alfas del Pi on March 26 1857, by sea from Valencia to the beach of Albir.

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