martes, mayo 26, 2020

Mocadorà, learn more about this tradition

The 9th of October is a special day, so it is the day of the Valencia Country and at the same time it is the day of Saint Dionysius, patron saint for lovers. During that day lovers give marzipan sweets representing different fruits and vegetables: this is mocadorà.

This tradition dates back to 1238 because of the expulsion of the Muslim Empire by Jaime I, mostly known as “The Conqueror”. During that expulsion the moors offered fruits and vegetables to Jaime I wife wrapped in napkins. However, it was not until a century later when this commemoration turned into a festival. However, this commemoration was forbidden after the War of Succession and for this reason, people began making handcrafted marzipan sweets in fruit and vegetables shapes wrapped in a napkin.

In Valencian, the name for referring to the napkin is mocador, which gave its name to the tradition and this tradition is still celebrated nowadays. Men continue giving marzipan sweets to their lovers and there are even some contests to choose the best mocadorà.