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August is synonymous with summer and festival in Sitges. During a week, between of 18 and the 26 of this same month, its big party is held in our city and we want to explain everything that is being prepared to live 100% these days. This week of celebration has special relevance for having been declared of national interest by the Generalitat de Catalunya.
The most important day is August 24, Sant Bartomeu, patron of the city. Thus, activities are scheduled around this day for all sitgetans and visitors to discover that Sitges is much more than sun and sand.
This year, the festival will officially start on the 19th with the traditional "Pregó satiric" by David Lanau Arias (Ratxu) in the afternoon, and at 22: 00h the official opening speech by the theater company
"Les Veïnes" will take place.
The other events of the festival of Sitges are divided into two main areas: the religious and the cultural-traditional ones, not forgetting, of course, the festive area. Religiously, the most popular acts are the “repic” of bells, the “Ofici Solemne” and the procession of Sant Bartomeu and Santa Tecla; while in the cultural-traditional and festive area, the events that draw more people are parades, folk dances, castellers, the fireworks or the "Gegants".
In fact, there are three pairs of "Gegants" which go out in the traditional "Seguici Popular": those of the Vila, the “Moros” and the “Americanos”.
The first are the Jaume and Geganta, which embodies the figure of a lady of the 19th century. They began to file in 1897 and currently they only appear by Corpus and very important dates, since in 1975 a new giants were manufactured, the Gegants Nous.
The "Gegants Moros" Faluch and La-hia, were the first giants that Sitges had, they were created on 1840, according to the documents. The original ones stopped appearing in public in 1912, but the Agrupació de Balls Populars recovered them in 1979.
Finally, Sitges has the "Gegants Americanos", representing the Indians who came to the city. They were the last to join the party, and they do so since 1965.
In the “Seguici Popular” also walk the downtown streets bastoners, “diables”, “Gitanes” “panderers”, “pastorets”, “castellers”, “Capgrossos”, the dragon, the eagle, the “Moixiganga”, and all enlivened by folk music and dances of "Cercolets" and ribbons among others.
As well as all this, the "Barraques" of Sitges will also take place in the Plaza de la Fragata. Bands and DJs enliven the party the 8, 9 and 10 September (dates where changed this year).
In addition to these activities, Sitges is transformed during these days in many small events that will not go unnoticed for the visitor. Every street in the center is decorated to enjoy this holiday week.
From Sitges Group Apartments, we invite you to join the fun and experience the “Festa Major” with us.