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Festival of a Christian martyr

San Sebastián is depicted in art tied and shot with arrows. ::  sur
San Sebastián is depicted in art tied and shot with arrows. :: sur
  • The main event takes place on Sunday 21 January

Alhaurín de la Torre is preparing for a weekend dedicated to San Sebastián, the town's patron saint.

This popular festival begins at 6pm today (Friday) with a floral tribute in honour of the saint in the Plaza de San Sebastián.

The celebrations continue at 10am on Saturday, when a mass will be held in the 18th-century San Sebastián y de la Concepción Church.

This will be followed by a procession from the church to the centre of Alhaurín de la Torre.

Saint Sebastián was a Christian martyr who, according to traditional belief, was killed during the Roman emperor Diocletian's persecution of Christians in the third century.

He is commonly depicted in art and literature tied to a post or tree and shot with arrows.

The main event takes place on Sunday 21 January, when visitors will enjoy the 11th edition of the Concurso Gastronómico de San Sebastián.

This popular food fair takes place from 1.30 pm in the Plaza de España and offers visitors the chance to sample some of the area's most traditional cuisine, including paella, meat balls in tomato sauce and an array of sweet delicacies.

Live entertainment will be supplied by the Orquesta Punte y Aparte, a talented group of young musicians and singers from Malaga.

There will also be a performance by the Nirvana Fitness Dance Company.

Children can enjoy a bouncy castle, face painting and balloon twisting in the children's park next to the Plaza de España.