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2019-08-01

Sitges is getting ready for its Festa Major!

by Sitges Group Apartments

August is synonymous of summer and main festival in Sitges. One more year, the city puts on its best clothes to celebrate the big festival in our city. Declared Patrimonial Festival of National Interest (2016) and Traditional Festival of National Interest (1991) by the Generalitat de Catalunya, the Festa Major de Sitges 2019 will take place from the 17th to 25th August 2019.
Although many tourists are expected to arrive during the month of August, there are sometimes tourist apartments left in Sitges Group Apartments to be able to stay during the Festa Major de Sitges 2019. Although the program is still provisional, in our blog we want to explain you everything that is being prepared to live and enjoy these days.

Sitges Town Festival 2019. What is the celebration?
The Festa Major de Sitges is the popular festival dedicated to Sant Bartomeu and Santa Tecla, patron saints of Sitges and who, moreover, have shared ownership of the Sitges church since the 16th century. This festival is, together with the Corpus Christi in Sitges, the great festival of the town.
The first documents that prove the existence of the Festa Major of Sitges as a solemn celebration of the day, in this case, of the apostle Sant Bartomeu (24th August), date from 1595. However, it was in the last years of the 19th century that the written and graphic documentation on the town festival of Sitges began to become abundant.
On the other hand, and especially since the beginning of the 20th century, the Fiesta Mayor of Sitges has begun to enjoy a progressive recognition at national level and an interest on the part of artists and scholars.
Currently, the highest body responsible for organizing the Festival of Sitges is the Municipal Commission of Sant Bartomeu and Santa Tecla.

Programme of the Festa Major de Sitges 2019 (provisional programme)
The festival will officially begin the 18th in the afternoon with the traditional Pregó Satíric in front of the Palau del Rei Moro. At 21:30h, in front of the Plaça de l'Ajuntament, will take place the official proclamation of Festa Major with simultaneous interpretation in Catalan language of signs.
As relevant activities that take place every year, we highlight the transfer of the image of Sant Bartomeu (Wednesday 21 at 20:30h from the Parish of Sant Bartomeu and Santa Tecla and with a route yet to be determined). On Thursday 22nd we highlight the activity of dressing the Gegants Moros Faluch and La-hia (18:30h in front of the Palau del Rei Moro).
At 21:30h the delivery of the flag takes place (Church of Sant Bartomeu and Santa Tecla) and Parades of Transfer of the flag of Sant Bartomeu (route: Baluard, Plaça de l'Ajuntament, Major, Parellades, Plaça del Pou Vedre, Santa Bàrbara).
The rest of the acts of the main celebration of Sitges are divided into two main areas: the religious and the cultural-traditional, without forgetting, of course, the festive area. As far as religion is concerned, the most popular events are the ringing of the bells (23rd August at 14:00h), the Solemn Office or the procession of Sant Bartomeu and Santa Tecla. In the cultural-traditional and festive, the acts that attract more people are the parades, the popular dances, the castellers, the fireworks show or the Gegants.

Festa Major de Sitges: el seguici popular

At present, three couples of gegants take part in the parades and processions of the two Fiestas Mayores de Sitges:
Precisely the Gegants Moros, Faluch and La-hia were the first giants that Sitges had, created around 1840, according to the documents. The originals stopped appearing in public in 1912, but the Agrupació de Balls Populars recovered them in 1979;
In fact, there are three couples of Gegants who go out into the street in the traditional Seguici Popular: those of La Vila, the Moors and the Americans, along with an eagle and a dragon. The first are the Jaume and the Geganta, who embodies the figure of a lady of the time. They began to parade in 1897 and at the moment they only appear for Corpus and dates very indicated, since in 1975 some new giants were made, the Gegants Nous.
Finally, Sitges has the American Gegants, which represent the Indians who arrived in the city. They were the last to join the party, and they have done so since 1965. In the Seguici Popular also stroll through the streets of the center bastoners, diables, gitanes, panderers, pastorets, castellers, bigheads, the dragon, the eagle, the moixiganga, and all enlivened by popular music and dances of "cercolets" and ribbons among others.
The Barraques de Sitges are also celebrated in the Passeig de la Ribera. Artists such as La Pegatina, Buhos, Els Catarres, Doctos Prats, El Niño de la Hipoteca or Porto Bello, among others, will perform in 2019.
In addition to these activities, during these days Sitges is transformed into an infinite number of small acts that will not go unnoticed by the visitor. Each street in the centre is decorated to enjoy
this week's fiesta.
From Sitges Group Apartments we invite you to join the fun and live the party with us. If you are thinking of visiting the Garraf region and the Mediterranean coast during the Festa Major de Sitges 2019, we encourage you to take a look at our rental apartments in Sitges.

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 the evening of August 21 with the traditional "Pregó satiric" in front of Palau del Rei Moro, and the official opening speech will take place at 10pm.

The other events of the festival of Sitges are divided into two main areas: the religious and the cultural and traditional, never forgetting, of course, the festive one. Regarding religion, the most popular acts are the “repic” (ringing) 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 the parades, folk dances, castellers, the fireworks or the "Gegants" (giants).

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”, along with an eagle and a dragon.

The first pair are Jaume and Geganta, which embodies the figure of a lady of the 19th century. They began to file in 1897 and now they only appear by Corpus and very important dates, since new giants were manufactured in 1975, 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 finished their public appearances in 1912, but the Agrupació de Balls Populars started using them again in 1979.

And then, Sitges has the "Gegants Americanos", representing the “Indians” who came to the city after making a fortune overseas. They were the last pair to join the party, and they do so since 1965.

In the “Seguici Popular”, bastoners also walk the downtown streets, along with “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 Paisseg de la Ribera. Bands and DJs enliven the party on August 17, 18 and 19. You can check their Facebook page to see the poster with all the artists that will be performing.

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 week.

From Sitges Group Apartments, we invite you to join the fun and experience the “Festa Major” with us.

Discover the full program of the “Festa Major”!