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According to tradition in November 1859, the General Council of the City of Bocairent, which should be voted celebrations should complete the religious festival of San Blas, the following year was voted the Moors and Christians, probably influenced by the celebrations that were doing the neighboring Alcoy and patriotic climate that reigned after the victories in Morocco. From these early celebrations has reached us that it chronicles narrating the well-known member of the Filà of Moros Marins "el tio Belda el Vell," according to which the Mayor was Captain, Joseph Domenech Sanchis, for the filà of Tomasines was a year climatologically disastrous and had to stop talking about the holidays until Easter.
Another chronicle, which was published in "The Rubi" on February 22, 1863 in Valencia, highlight the reference to seven troupes or companies: Moors, Musketeers, Grenadiers, Students, Basques, Catalans and Sailors, structured into two camps and counting each side with its own Master and Ambassador, The chronicle also allows to verify the age of the Moros Vells, which together with the Musketeers and Catalans constituted the Moro side.
Reference is also made to the Castle, which should be completely restored "the ancient fortress for simulated battles that arise in the square." It is also important reference made to the use of gunpowder "gunpowder is not scarce and consumed with a similar function would be enough to save an entire year."

No doubt the real origin of this holiday is to be found in the fiesta of the soldiers when King Philip V in 1707 lifted the ban on the use of fireworks at parties, this fiesta of soldiers would begin to gain importance in Bocairent from 1741 where the role of soldiers ran by the Company of Soldiers of the Villa, which was formed by arcabuseros, pikemen and musketeers, follow along the next, or the nineteenth, these militias became festive or filaes companies: Tomasines, Biscainos, Musketeer and Old Moors, that carried the various acts of the festivities almost like they are today.

In some cases, the pattern of the festivities associated with the fight between Moors and Christians, as is the case of the city of Alcoy with its patron St. George. For Bocairent associated with the disappearance of evil from diphtheria, a disease that seriously affects Bocairent and that led to the balloting process in San Blas replaced St James local sponsorship.

In 2009 marked the 150th anniversary of this transformation of the celebrations of soldiers in Fiestas of Moors and Christians, of the seven first nine Filaes same today: Espanyoletos, Granaders, Contrabandistes, Estudiants and Suavos in the Christian side and Moros Vells, Marrocs, Mosqueters and Moros Marins.

During these first 150 years the festival has evolved naturally, despite the festive bocairentinos have kept the essence of these Moors and Christians did not emerge suddenly and they were the inheritance of a celebration that had managed to maintain and Bocairent last over time.

As we said the party has clearly evolved and the fruit and result of this evolution is strong growth in the number of festive who have joined the Fiesta at all "filaes" experienced mainly in the decades of the 70 to 90 of the twentieth century, most importantly perhaps is also the standard inclusion at all levels of women in the Fiesta. and there have been cases of some women who have celebrated their festive 50 years active in the Fiesta.

In our Fiesta some events have changed, others have restructured, but in essence the Fiesta has managed to preserve the heritage of our ancestors and put us in the early twenty-first century as a benchmark for people to Fiestas of Moors and Christians regard of between about 180 villages of Valencia who celebrate these festivities and more than 130 villages in the rest of Spain

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