Villages tone down Mohammed images at fiestas
3 October 2006, VALENCIA — Several Spanish villages have dropped the custom of blowing up Mohammed's head during this year's holiday marking the re-conquest of Spain from the Moors.
3 October 2006
VALENCIA — Several Spanish villages have dropped the custom of blowing up Mohammed's head during this year's holiday marking the re-conquest of Spain from the Moors.
Spanish media reported on Tuesday they did not want to offend Muslims.
"It just wasn't necessary, and as it could hurt some people's feelings, we decided not to do it," said Antonio Valdes, mayor of Bocairent, one of the villages that made the switch.
Valdes was speaking to the Spanish daily El Pais, which spoke to a number of officials in villages near Valencia after recent publicity about a German opera company's decision to drop a production of Mozart's "Idomeneo" that features the heads of several religious figures, including Mohammed, on platters.
The Reconquista holiday in February marks the end of seven centuries of Muslim domination of Spain.
In recent years, because of immigration from North Africa, the country has again become home to significant numbers of Muslims.
Las Fallas, the biggest festival in Valencia, held every March, includes satirical papier mache models.
But this year some models of Mohammed were toned down.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news