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La Patum Festival in Berga

  • Parade of giants. Festival of La Patum in Berga. Barcelona © Turespaña

    Parade of giants. Festival of La Patum in Berga. Barcelona © Turespaña

  

Dates

Jun 18, 2014 to Jun 22, 2014
Berga
Barcelona, Catalonia
Barcelona

The Festival of La Patum de Berga in Catalonia has been declared an element of Intangible Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO.

The fiesta coincides with Corpus Christi and includes a whole series of theatrical representations, characters and figures that fill the town of Berga every spring. It is a religious commemoration that dates back to the Middle Ages, which has managed to preserve both its religious and profane roots.

The Patum festival in Berga has been held annually for centuries during Corpus Christi, and includes street entertainment and shows with different figures typical of these fiestas (giants, 'big-heads', eagles, guitas (dragons), plens (devils)). Fire and dance also play a central role. The fiesta really gets underway on the Thursday of Corpus Christi, with the Ceremonial Patum. The salto de plens is the high point of the fiesta. It represents an infernal orgy where fire devils jump about to the rhythm of music. The following day is the Children’s Patum.

  

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