La guita grossa

Tirabols de dissabte a Berga, vinga som-hi, foc i fum!


Ah, i les musiques pel tirabols:


La Patum és la celebració més intensa i especial de Catalunya. Em falten paraules per poder-la descriure.




The "tirabols" are the ending of each Patum Complerta, usually taking place arround 2 to 3 AM after hours of dancing and jumping. There's a lot of music and crowds (and booze), with the people dancing together with the guites, a mytical monster half mule-half dragon. There are two of them, the Grossa (big) and the Xica (small, also called "boja", the mad one). They pursue the crowd with firecrackers in their mouth. Both guites have a "six men-12 feet" motor, using beer and liquor as fuel.


This is the guita grossa; it's head dates back from the XVIII century at least!


Here's the music for the tirabols:


The Patum is a festival held in the Catalan town of Berga each year in Corpus Christi. It's a unique event in all over the World. It's so speciall that it's part of UNESCO World Heritage. It's origins are in the middle ages, although in its current form it dates from the last decades of the XIX Century. It beggins in wednesday of Corpus till sunday of Corpus.


More info about La Patum de Berga:

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Taken on June 10, 2012