La Patum de Berga Fiesta
To be confirmed 2017
This traditional celebration accompanies the festivities to commemorate the Corpus Christi in the town of Berga in Barcelona. Its origins date back to mediaeval times, and it conserves both its religious and profane roots. The UNESCO has declared it to be a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. The five days of celebrations feature parades, spectacular events in which fire plays a key role, and dancing. The streets are taken over by theatre performances and parades of giants, 'cabezudos' (carnival figures with enormous papier mâché heads), eagles, and plens; these are the main characters in one of the most important events in the festivity: the salto de plens. This represents an infernal orgy where fire devils (the plens) jump about to the beat of the music. The main event of the celebration is the Thursday of Corpus Christi, and the following day is the Children's Patum.