Origins and history of Lanjarón
No evidence of human occupation of Lanjaron until the thirteenth century, when a group of Berber colonists settled here. It is possible that they were the ones who should give the name of the town, which is surely a castellanización "Al-lanjaron", "place of springs"in Arabic.
Muslim Lanjarón remain until the fall of the Kingdom of Granada, in 1492, when it passed into Christian hands, but was allowed to stay here to their original inhabitants. Precisely this is the origin of the most turbulent events in the history of the town in connection with the rebellion of the Moors. These were the old Muslim converts to Christianity by force. They rebelled in late 1568, in a vain attempt to regain their old customs and religion.
Lanjarón rebels arrived on 26 December of that year, the day after Christmas, and found the old Christians, brought in to repopulate the kingdom, refugee in the church, fearful of their fate. Surrounded and set fire to it and it died, burnt, sixteen people, besides the building itself was completely ruined. Finally, Philip II sent troops under the command of his illegitimate brother Don John of Austria ended the rebellion.
Points of Interest in Lanjarón
- Spa of Lanjaron
- Church, 16th-17th century
Fiestas of Lanjarón
- Fiesta de San Sebastián: second half in January
- Día de la Cruz: 3th May
- San Juan Fiestas del Agua y el Jamón: 24th June
- Feria de la Miel: date not confirmed probably October/November
- Fiesta de Tango: date not confirmed probably November
- Fiestas de la Virgen del Rosario: first Sunday in October
- Todos los Santos - Fiesta de las Castañas: 1st November
Rarity of Lanjarón
Lanjarón is one of several places in Europe and South America which prohibit death.
Prohibition of death is a political social phenomenon and taboo in which a law is passed stating that it is illegal to die, usually specifically in a certain political division or in a specific building.
The village, with 4,000 inhabitants, is to remain with this law until the government buys land for a new cemetery. The mayor who issued the edict explains that the awkward new law is his response to politicians urging him to do a quick fix of a long lasting problem specifically describing his own bylaw as "absurd ... to counter an absurd situation".by Wikipedia