div class=’posterous_autopost’pThe strongFires or Festival of Girona/strong continues apace with the holiday for strongAll Souls (Tot Sants/strong) on nov 1st being the busiest day. All around town but especially near the fairgrounds are stalls selling chestnuts (castanyes) and sweet potatoes which are a Fires tradition in itself. The monopoly on these stalls seems to belong to the gipsy community of strongGirona/strong and make for colourful characters as all family members are involved from children to grandparents./p pFires ends this sunday 6th of november with a spectacular firework display so if can make it, do so, strongGirona/strong is on fire!/p pdiv class=’p_embed p_image_embed’ a href=”http://getfile3.posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2011-11-02/vleBAthgCgcazkJwdCfbfvxiszDnialGCxzoDwGfvhowxbybtjqDIfquCfii/P1050025.JPG.scaled1000.jpg”img alt=”P1050025″ height=”375″ src=”http://getfile8.posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2011-11-02/vleBAthgCgcazkJwdCfbfvxiszDnialGCxzoDwGfvhowxbybtjqDIfquCfii/P1050025.JPG.scaled500.jpg” width=”500″ //a a href=”http://getfile8.posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2011-11-02/HakDrqrnidFusGegmqhvyeepvwkcxmsJksAicnnDwCqEdbkDbdGAlfzJkqhh/P1050019.JPG.scaled1000.jpg”img alt=”P1050019″ height=”375″ src=”http://getfile6.posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2011-11-02/HakDrqrnidFusGegmqhvyeepvwkcxmsJksAicnnDwCqEdbkDbdGAlfzJkqhh/P1050019.JPG.scaled500.jpg” width=”500″ //a a href=”http://getfile2.posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2011-11-02/HhDpiiwmmHhnpJIJBiiduuBlvedyDoIEhIklrmkwpmbeEpFifsygmnarudvf/P1050044.JPG.scaled1000.jpg”img alt=”P1050044″ height=”375″ src=”http://getfile6.posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2011-11-02/HhDpiiwmmHhnpJIJBiiduuBlvedyDoIEhIklrmkwpmbeEpFifsygmnarudvf/P1050044.JPG.scaled500.jpg” width=”500″ //a a href=”http://getfile2.posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2011-11-02/zqrsuanbJnAdhiaexuzuukhhHDfmAGHBFxHujAnIyGsgCEysEHkeatoAFAcz/P1050023.JPG.scaled1000.jpg”img alt=”P1050023″ height=”375″ src=”http://getfile0.posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2011-11-02/zqrsuanbJnAdhiaexuzuukhhHDfmAGHBFxHujAnIyGsgCEysEHkeatoAFAcz/P1050023.JPG.scaled500.jpg” width=”500″ //a a href=”http://getfile9.posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2011-11-02/lkqfFsaGIaCdtudwDjtwhzgIhyiGnAoAiwxcCjirvIrHqBjfomvIEsqmHEbG/P1050018.JPG.scaled1000.jpg”img alt=”P1050018″ height=”375″ src=”http://getfile3.posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2011-11-02/lkqfFsaGIaCdtudwDjtwhzgIhyiGnAoAiwxcCjirvIrHqBjfomvIEsqmHEbG/P1050018.JPG.scaled500.jpg” width=”500″ //a a href=”http://getfile2.posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2011-11-02/FbenwricsayrepehwopwhgDFpbmchwfexqyuwtBoyBqhgcdrwehFowigyaju/P1050031.JPG”img alt=”P1050031″ height=”375.0″ src=”http://getfile2.posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2011-11-02/FbenwricsayrepehwopwhgDFpbmchwfexqyuwtBoyBqhgcdrwehFowigyaju/P1050031.JPG” width=”500″ //a a href=”http://getfile0.posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2011-11-02/anhndmvGzAhkzxeGajenxDgwngtDbfHiivoIesrrIswDzuzlwsfHCgdkmpEr/P1050035.JPG.scaled1000.jpg”img alt=”P1050035″ height=”375″ src=”http://getfile9.posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2011-11-02/anhndmvGzAhkzxeGajenxDgwngtDbfHiivoIesrrIswDzuzlwsfHCgdkmpEr/P1050035.JPG.scaled500.jpg” width=”500″ //a a href=”http://getfile0.posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2011-11-02/dCdbwvHpscowtyHkCIoBBfJxvAgHaAcEEeJpAjxcFvxowzvovnAihgdpCjIB/P1050047.JPG.scaled1000.jpg”img alt=”P1050047″ height=”667″ src=”http://getfile7.posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2011-11-02/dCdbwvHpscowtyHkCIoBBfJxvAgHaAcEEeJpAjxcFvxowzvovnAihgdpCjIB/P1050047.JPG.scaled500.jpg” width=”500″ //a a href=”http://getfile7.posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2011-11-02/djabHkedlCCctfqAwbuEertqxjAlkkbyFeycjhCCtkkfjjiimsxHBtbrojdC/P1050049.JPG”img alt=”P1050049″ height=”375.0″ src=”http://getfile7.posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2011-11-02/djabHkedlCCctfqAwbuEertqxjAlkkbyFeycjhCCtkkfjjiimsxHBtbrojdC/P1050049.JPG” width=”500″ //a a href=”http://getfile7.posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2011-11-02/dBuDnxkrAJznzaBbnxrqtqxqdywxyBjxmDbvfkteIyadyHfezAxywIfHhAJI/P1050053.JPG.scaled1000.jpg”img alt=”P1050053″ height=”667″ src=”http://getfile8.posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2011-11-02/dBuDnxkrAJznzaBbnxrqtqxqdywxyBjxmDbvfkteIyadyHfezAxywIfHhAJI/P1050053.JPG.scaled500.jpg” width=”500″ //a div class=’p_see_full_gallery’a href=”http://gironaj.com/castanyes-everywhere-it-must-be-fires”See the full gallery on Posterous/a/div /div /p/div
“Correfocs” literally translated means running with fire and that’s exactly what happens through the Old Town of Girona on the night of the 31st of october every year. The organisers are dressed in costumes and some are on stilts supported by some heavy drum beats while they set off multiple fireworks and explosions all around while joined by hundreds of mostly young people all dancing in the shower of sparks. They wear old clothes and cover their heads and faces to avoid being burned but the danger is of course the best part!
The whole procession weaves up past the cathedral through the narrow streets making for spectacular images with the noise, smell of cordite and clouds of smoke adding to the experience of hell as we follow the devil into his lair…
Today is one of the most important dates on the Catalan calendar, Sant Jordi or Saint George to the English, is also the patron saint of Catalonia. Tradition dictates that men buy women a rose while we men get a better deal by receiving a book.
So today the Rambla in Girona, just like everywhere else here in Catalonia, was packed with people looking at the stalls for the perfect rose and book for their loved ones.
It is a beautiful tradition and one which seems to be getting stronger as many school kids use the sale of roses and books to raise money for their end of term outings as well as for charity.
The 55 th Temps de Flors has begun and if today's crowds are any indication, this will be the best attended yet.
The “Fires i Festes” of Girona are the week-long (24th oct-1 nov) city festival which are also referred to as Sant Narcis, Girona’s patron saint. Legend has it that a massive swarm of flies came out of the tomb of Sant Narcis and drove away the invading French army and so the fly is duly celebrated as Girona’s emblem.
Here is a list of some of the winter activities in Girona, the highlight being the week long Sant Narcis (patron saint of Girona) festival from oct 23 to 1 nov.The Devesa park is taken over by amusement arcades and rides and a major trade/exhibition fair as well as fireworks on the last sun night and lots of free music and beer tents to sample all week long.
Some big cities just have it, and Barcelona is one of them. Last Saturday evening for example there was a world class athletics meet at the Olympic stadium on Montjuic and later we watched the Magic Fountain show from the steps of the MNAC- fabulous entertainment all round!
The athletics “Miting” had some big stars that were keen to get some last minute competitive races in before the World Championships in Berlin in august but the highlight of the evening was Marta Dominguez‘ Spanish record in the 3,000m steeplechase. Ever the competitor, she came through brilliantly with the home crowd saluting her efforts in what is still one of the greatest venues in athletics history with the ’92 Olympics ever present.
A short walk from the stadium to the steps of the MNAC and we had another wonderful surprise looking down over the Plaza Espanya and the Magic Fountain light and music show. During the summer months you can see it from thu-sun from around dusk (9.30pm) and is well worth catching for the informal atmosphere, balmy night temperature and of course the dramatic water, light and music show.
For a city which is no longer cheap these fun events on a Saturday night were a true bargain (athletics 10? Magic Fountain free!)
Girona only has a population approaching 100,000 and yet this week we have had and will have a truly international flavour with the 10th Religious and World Music Festival and the massive Tour de France cycling race hitting town tomorrow.