The urbanisations of Ciudad Quesada have grown bigger than the mother town of Rojales and their importance is recognised by their own fiestas, which are in honour of San Justo. One of the emperors’ chief persecutors of Christians in the early years of the 4th century was Diocletian, who journeyed through Spain in a frenzy of violence demanding all Christians renounce their faith. Two schoolboys, Justus (age 13) and Pastor (less than 9), were determined to show that their Christian faith was strong and publicly recited their catechism.
Diocletian ordered that they both be savagely flogged, but neither flinched and shouted words of encouragement to each other instead. Furious and shamed by their bravery, Diocletian had them killed secretly. Both were martyred in the early fourth century.
Each year the Patron fiestas begin with a giant paella in the Plaza Blanca. However, the fiestas will get properly underway on Thursday, 2nd August with a Latin night and disco, a concert and disco on Friday, children’s activities and the Charanga Parade on Saturday and the religious procession, more music and entertainment and, of course, fireworks on Sunday.
Councillor for Fiestas Charo López González said: “I would like to highlight the interest, work, enthusiasm and effort of a large number of people who have given their best to make these festivities a source of joy, fun, respect and especially to highlight the essence of Rojales: a place of integration of a large number of cultures and languages, enabling our society to grow in stature.”
Mayor, Antonio Pérez García added: “August may be very hot but it is also time for the celebration of a large number of festivals, such as the Fiesta we organise in Ciudad Quesada in honour of Saint Justo.
“These are days of fun and joy for the people who live in the urbanisations, who are an essential part of our municipality of Rojales, a municipality which integrates various cultures, gastronomies and languages. Let’s experience and enjoy these Fiestas to the full but with respect.”
THURSDAY 2nd AUGUST
9:30pm – NOCHE LATINA in the Plaza Blanca of Ciudad Quesada with dance performances by the dancing school “Sofía Sánchez”. To follow, Mobile Disco. Organised by HOLDING GROUP BARCELO with the collaboration of the Department for Fiestas of Rojales Town Hall.
FRIDAY 3rd AUGUST
10:30pm – Grand Show by “CONECTADOS BAND”. International repertoire. To follow, Mobile Disco by Sonotec Studio till 5:30am. (All these events will take place on the stage which will be mounted on the Plaza Blanca of Ciudad Quesada).
SATURDAY 4th AUGUST
From 10am to 2pm – Grand Park for Children containing water bouncy castles in the Plaza Blanca of Ciudad Quesada. Don’t forget your swimsuit and towel!
9:00pm – Mobile Disco by Sonotec Studio on the Plaza Blanca of Ciudad Quesada.
10:00pm – Summer Carnival parade (same route as in previous years). Everyone is welcome to participate. Registration at the Tourist Info of Rojales Town Hall. Cash prizes for the best fancy dress costumes!
Followed by Mobile Disco till 5:30am.
SUNDAY 5th AUGUST
10:00am – The Band “Agrupación Musical Los Solfamidas” of Rojales parading round the streets.
10:30am – Holy Mass in honour of San Justo in the “San José” church of Ciudad Quesada. Following the Mass, a pilgrimage will take place in the area around the Church in honour of San Justo.
10:00pm – Performance by the dancing school “Sofía Sánchez” and the group “La Espartera”. Enjoy an evening of dance & rumba.
12:00 midnight – Fireworks by Pirotecnia Ferrández of Redován.