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"Els Nanos" festival 2018: Wednesday March 7nd !!






Introduction


This party is, in its origins, a means of communication and expression in a society with a type of agricultural economy and social relations caracteritzadas by strong class differentiation . It is the expression of disadvantaged both socially and economically as well as culturally. It"s the festival of tolerance, but the attack on the expression of others and self-expression .





Temporary location "Els Nanos" Festival

The festival is celebrated in mid- Lent, 21 days after Ash Wednesday. In principle, it seems that this party has no direct relationship with the agricultural cycle , planting and harvesting, such as other festivals in the spring or in August or September. Still, remember that most festivals celebrated originate in the Neolithic and are therefore linking land . A nano criticizes the party.

Description festival

This is not a festival predominantly of joy and delight, at least in its origin. It is rather a review at the powerlessness that provides social status and physical location (the old Moorish suburb of Cocentaina) is located.

The Nanos are little dolls height between 1 and 1.20 meters, which are accompanied by some posters through which they express their criticism, either positive or negative. The party is to criticize the person the doll represents. At first, appeared placed ("hanging") at the edge of a road near the town, no one knew who had done or who had hung.

Currently , the dolls are exposed in the street or leaning against the walls of the houses under the supervision of the people who have. Also, before you could even be exposed from dawn until noon , so that the municipal authority made ??them withdraw. Today, they are up past twelve o"clock at night and depends on the willingness of the authors withdrawal of the dolls .

In recent years, there have been some dolls or "nanos", made ??from parts shop window mannequin, but it seems that they have not been well accepted by people. That is why we continue to be made with rags .

As for processing, I must say that the cash contribution is voluntary , and the giving clothing or materials to help them. Exposure of "nano" is addressed to all the people in general and there are many people on this day come to streets that normally do not visit . A mood change in these casual visitors, more spontaneity and contact is observed, along with a great satisfaction when they see portrayed the characters and situations of the people in these rag dolls .

Festival Function

"Els Nanos" Festival has the salient feature that is not yet marketed or nested in any way, since people who are actively involved have always shown great responsibility and an absolute lack of interest in prizes or awards, which have always rejected.

Earlier, the function was fulfilled criticize, advise or represent a rematch. It was the only form of public expression that was available throughout the year for business criticizing the authorities or who was safely on the possible consequences.

The fact is that we can see that there has never been any retaliation for this reason. An important and most current change has been the influence of television, which has undermined, in part, the original meaning of the holiday because it has brought an outsider subject to the real problems of the people. Furthermore , there is also criticism that has fallen to the municipal authorities, in part perhaps because the City Council a few years ago, works in some activities during the day in order to perpetuate the party and transmitted to generations of young people are the ones who must continue.



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