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Mayan Festival of Alhama, protagonist of the tenth National Lottery (02/04/2019)

The design, of which six series of 100,000 tickets distributed throughout Spain have been printed, has been presented by José Laorden, Commercial Delegate for Lotteries and State Betting in the Region, accompanied by the mayor of Alhama, Mariola Guevara, several councilors of the Corporación, Corremayo Mayor 2019, Toni López, as well as major corremayos of other editions, diverse clubs and associations.

In the act has taken place in the Plaza de la Constitución, in front of the City Council, and it has discovered a panel with the image of the tenth.

The Mayor has delivered to the representative of Lotteries and State Betting a commemorative picture of this day, work of the Alhama painter José María Cánovas, in which you can see the Castle of Alhama from Moreras street and that incorporates the drawing of the Los pin Mayos this year, which recreates the figure of the wrestlers and the Corremayos.

The issue issued is sold at a price of 3 euros per tenth and 30 euros per ticket (10 tenths), and can be purchased from official administrations and authorized establishments.

The draw involves a first prize of 300,000 euros to the series or 30,000 euros to the tenth and a second prize of 60,000 euros to the series or 6,000 euros to the tenth.

In addition there are two approaches of 12,000 euros, to the numbers before and after the first prize, and two other approximations of 7,470 euros for the numbers before and after the second prize.

It also has other minor amounts ranging between 30 and 750 euros, specified in the back of each tenth.

The Plenary Session of the City Council of Alhama unanimously approved on May 2, 2018, to formally request the territorial and national offices of the ONLAE (National Organization of State Lotteries and Bets) and the ONCE (National Organization of the Spanish Blind), the issue of two tenths with the image of the Mayos festival.

After carrying out the relevant procedures, both bodies accepted and approved this request and by the end of this month the presentation of the ONCE coupon dedicated to Los Mayos will take place.

Fiesta de Los Mayos

Los Mayos is a unique celebration of the municipality of Alhama de Murcia that is celebrated the first weekend of May.

Its origin is lost in time and there are no written references known until the decade of the 20s of the last century.

After the Civil War and for more than 40 years disappeared for its critical aspect.

It was in 1982 when the Plenary of the City Council of Alhama de Murcia agreed to recover the party.

In 1990 it is declared of Regional Tourist Interest and in 2018 of National Tourist Interest.

It consists of the placement, in streets and squares, of puppets or puppets dressed in old clothes from the house and the face painted with human features.

The basic subjects that are treated are usually three: the recreation of old trades that have already disappeared and that were typical of Alhama;

the representation of scenes of daily life, generally treated in a humorous way and, lastly and the most celebrated, the satirical scenes that with critical acuity reveal problems or specific current issues.

Those Mayos that represent traditional or traditional scenes recover and show clothes, belongings and accessories already in disuse, such as zaragüelles, tools, trills and tools, turning the streets of Alhama into a real ethnographic museum.

A Mayo is not a single puppet, but must compose a scene and, as in its origin, must carry a card that collects the message you want to convey to understand the scene or simply recognize the character.

Especially in the Mayos that represent traditional scenes, the posters recover words, idioms and expressions typical of Alhama de Murcia and the Region, usually in verse.

The Mayos contest awards prizes to the three best and distinctions in the categories of critical, original and traditional.

On the plantation, private neighbors, clubs and neighborhood associations collaborate, which traditionally came riding the scene in the early hours of Saturday to Sunday to disappear that same day in the afternoon.

Since 2016, the Mayos exhibition starts on Saturday around noon and ends on Sunday afternoon.

These past 30 years have joined the party other complementary activities, such as the Folk Festival, which now reaches its XXIX edition and will feature groups such as 'Luar na Lubre' or 'Malvariche'.

In addition to train or bicycle tours, May crosses, craft market, sports activities and exhibitions to complete the poster of events from May 3 to 5, 2019, which is expected the participation of more than 12,000 people between residents of Alhama and visitors.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Alhama de Murcia

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