Murcia September Fair
The head of the Arrixaca ICU recalled the times when his mother took him to the Fair “with clean shoes and a starched shirt.”
Pandemic versus party. Pain and stress at work versus joy and celebration. In that dichotomy yesterday the doctor moved and
Head of the ICU Service of the Virgen de la Arrixaca Hospital, Rubén Jara, during the reading of the proclamation of the Murcia Fair, in an act that took place in the Artillery Barracks. Jara was elected town crier on behalf of the health community
for his insistent “fight for life” since the pandemic began, as explained by the mayor of Murcia, José Antonio Serrano, in his speech.
Dr. Jara structured the proclamation in two parts, the first one referring to the historical evolution of health and epidemics in Murcia, and, of course, about Covid-19. And a second,
more cheerful and festive, referring to the city and its Fair.
“When the virus spread (from China) to northern Italy and we saw the saturation of its hospitals, the concern grew. And when we had news of the hospital collapse in places like Madrid or Barcelona, the feeling of waiting for a tsunami, oppressed us, “he said. “They were gray days, anticipation of painful situations that we still had to live,” he added. Not in vain, Jara
He read, at the beginning of the proclamation, a sonnet by Francisco Sánchez Bautista about the sad feeling after the loss of his brother.
The head of the ICU recalled that one of the most frequently asked questions by the healthcare community was whether there would be sufficient resources to care for all those affected and whether there would be respirators for all. «
Fortunately, the hospital collapse has not been reached, but health personnel have suffered from work overload, the stress and the pain of seeing many people pass away.
It was, and is, teamwork and the collective’s ability to adapt and take on new tasks that prevented this collapse, he stressed. And after referring to the number of officially declared cases (137,000 in the Region of Murcia, with almost 1,700 deaths), Jara referred to the
Burnout syndrome as “a threat to the health system”: anxiety, depression or insomnia. In addition to a high level of stress. “It is necessary to take care of the professionals so that they can take care of the patients”, to later recognize each and every one of the services that have fought against the pandemic.
But there is always a place for hope, as Jara made clear with the choice of some verses by Antonio Machado that served to close the first part of the speech:
“Hope says: One day you will see it, even if you wait (…)”.
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Childhood and Fair
Another brief journey through the history of Murcia (its art and strengths) and that of its Fair (which dates back to the year 1266) gave rise to the town crier, born in Murcia, to discuss the peculiarities of Murcia
(his genetics and his speech, “dialect, que no pancho”, he said), on the evolution of the city, from the countryside to commerce; and its renowned gastronomy. And of course, there was a memory for the Segura river that “from smelly” has become “a living river” to enjoy.
Rubén Jara highlighted from his days at the Fair (“place of meeting and fun”),
how his mother had made him a paintbrush (“starched shirt and clean sneakers” and with his bangs in place); and the characteristic smell: «A gallant at night and a jasmine. It smells of caramel apples, cotton candy, fruit in syrup; a cologne and a cigar ». And of course, the wait, “nervous” of the children to go up to the attractions.
With a «Murcian and Murcian, shout with me:
Long live Murcia !!»He finished his proclamation.
After the speech, in an act that was
guided by the comedian Raquel Sastre, the Murcian singer Diego Martín acted, who also opened the evening.
Schedule for Saturday
The Fair proposes several activities for Saturday. The earliest (from 09.30 to 10.30 hours) will be the selective collection of waste at the La Fica site and the collection of citizen science data. At 11 am the Planetarium of the Science Museum hosts the children’s session ‘The girl who knew how to walk backwards’; and at 1 pm the session ‘Beyond the sun’. At noon, in the Museum’s Water Room, the visit ‘This museum is very alive’ has been organized.
At 6:45 p.m., in the Cathedral, the solemn Novenario will be celebrated in honor of the Virgen de la Fuensanta, which will be repeated until September 11. At 7:00 p.m., at the stand of the Guild of Artisans of the Orchards, workshops on silk painting, traditional embroidery, pyrography and glass carving will be held. On Besabé street, within the Magic and Puppets program, there will be two performances by the magician Domingo Artés (at 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.). And at 9 pm, at the Artillery Barracks, the Troupers Swing Band concert will be held. Funkitanos will perform at the Barco Solar del Río Segura.