Fiestas in Catalunya
Fiestas from Catalunya including the Human Towers, Maundy Thursday, La Patum and Midsummer’s Eve
Human Towers – Various dates and locations
The province of Tarragona is famous for its Castellers festivals, where teams of men stand on each others’ shoulders in an effort to build the highest human tower.
Each tower, which can be up to seven storeys high, is topped by a small boy called the anxaneta. Castellers can be seen in action in many towns, especially Vilafranca del Penedès and Valls.
Dance of Death – Verges, Girona Maundy Thursday
Men dressed as skeletons perform a macabre dance.
St George’s Day 23 April
Lovers give each other a rose and a book on the day of Catalunya’s patron saint. The book is in memory of Cervantes who died on this day in 1616.
La Patum – Corpus Christi – Berga, Barcelona province
May / June
Giants, devils and bizarre monsters parade through the town.
Midsummer’s Eve 23 June
Celebrated all over Catalunya with bonfires and fireworks.
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