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In this section you can learn more about the customs and traditions in Orihuela that continue from generation to generation among its citizens. These customs and traditions naturally evolve with the passing of time and some have been lost, but it is interesting to note some of those that continue to this day!

The vast majority of Orihuelas customs and traditions and those of the region of the Vega Baja have sadly been fading, leaving only some that people can recall and some of which are followed only by some families.

These traditions allow us to form a cultural identity of the population of Orihuela, with regard to its religious beliefs, social etiquette and clothing for example.

One example is 'El día de la Mona' or Easter Sunday, where the girls in the family wear dresses sewn by their mothers especially for that day. More recently 'El día de la Mona' has been passed to the Monday following Easter Sunday, making it a local bank holiday in whole province of Valencia. This Monday there is a tradition of going to the countryside, the beach or the mountains, with most families and groups of friends enjoying a picnic or a barbecue. Usually it is a very family orientated bank holiday. This day also sees many families treat themselves to a special dessert in the form of the 'Monas de Pascua' called Easter. So every year the Orihuela bakeries have the task of making these cakes, increasingly trying to be creative in design, size, flavor and cost.

Another notable day in Orihuelas calender is the feast of St. Joseph which is also a Father's Day holiday in the Valencian Community, and brings with it another day of travel, trips and family gatherings among the locals. This festival coincides with the end of the week of the Fallas festival in Valencia.

In Orihuela the predominant religion is Roman Catholic Apostolic, but have other religiones have also emerged in recent years and numerous Protestant evangelical churches have appeared (although more concentrated in the area along ​​the coast). Due to the catholic religious origins of Orihuela the Easter holiday hold special significance to the people of Orihuela, as well as the day of the Virgin of Montserrat, which is the patron saint of Orihuela.

The dress code in Orihuela is the same as in the rest of Spain. Usually with summer being so hot, locals opt predominantly for clothes made out of lighter materials such as cotton and linen, shoes are always open sandals and clothing are usually summer jeans, shirts, blouses and short sleeve shirts, bermudas, shorts and swimwear for men and women's swimwear (bikini) if we find ourselves on the beach. With the winter normally offering a mild climate you will often find locals during the middle of the day in short sleeve shirts with the same being true for spring. Of course during winter and spring, lower morning and evening temperatures will force locals into wearing warmer clothing and coats. With only occasional rain (and when it does rain it is normally in the form of short, sharp thunderstorms, mainly in spring and autumn) so the need for waterproof clothing is almost non-existant!

When talking about typical clothing in Orihuel we should distinguish what kind of party is involved! For the Moors and Christians festival the costumes used are those corresponding to what the Moors and Christians wore many moons ago. And when parties related to the countryside, the orchard, the costumes in this area are called 'huertanos' and 'huertanas', being very similar to those used for the 'Las Hogueras' Bonfire Festival of Alicante.

Social etiquette within the Orihuela municipal area is the same as that which governs in Spain. There are small things that if you come as a tourist from abroad should be noted, for example leaving a small tip for waiters and bartenders in bars and restaurants. Usually the bathrooms of the catering facilities are for exclusive use of its customers but if necessary they can be used without being a client simply by asking permission.

Another unwritten rule is that of parking for disabled guests, usually the site should be occupied by a car with distinctive sticker / sign that it signals it is for a person with disabilities.

The police force in Orihuela is always happy to help and has worked hard to form a close bond with the locals. They are always willing work with us or give us relevant information needed to solve any problem. Feel free to talk to them.

As with any visit to an unknown destination, remember when you park your car in Orihuela to not leave things visible within the car that can raise the interest to people who may be looking to make an easy steal, in the same way that when you go to crowded places watch your bags and suitcases always keeping them in sight. In the case of the beach, when you go for a walk or bathe you do not leave valuables on the towel or on the sand. All of these recommendations or social norms will help you avoid any problems during your visit to Orihuela

In Orihuela, there are many places that accept pets, so you can more often than not travel with animals, although do not forget to ask the hotel establishment, restaurant or beach where you're going before you travel to make sure that you can bring your pet with you. Remember that the droppings of the animal in the street should be collected in a bag and left in the nearest suitable container. Do not leave the mess, as this can cause the local police to give you a fine. Remember that there are pet species identified as dangerous and if you happen to be bringing one such animal, you should bring the necessary documentation for daily walks and you should always carry the corresponding muzzle.

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