XXVIII Carthaginian and Romans Festival

This festival is a major event in Cartagena for 9 days each September, and over 5500 people take part to re-enact the battles and events of the Second Punic War (218-201BCE).  This was the second in a series of wars between the Roman and Carthaginian (Punic) empire which resulted in Roman authority over the Western Mediterranean.

And they take it very seriously!

Thursday night we were lucky to be having dinner (and I use the word dinner loosely as it was dire!) right next to the procession route,which was the first of two major processions.

So here for your delight and delectation is a short video clip

​Craig then went for a wander on Friday (mainly to locate the nearest supermarket) and was lucky to come across them getting ready for the daytime procession 

I know the photos don’t do it justice, you have to see it to see how amazing the nighttime procession actually was.

The next big festival is Easter next year which is famous for the floral displays and the nightly processions by the two religious brotherhoods, so I’m already looking forward to that one.

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