The festival of La Patum in Berga, Catalonia, which has been declared a UNESCO Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, is a religious commemoration originating in mediaeval times. It has preserved both religious and profane roots and takes place on the Feast of Corpus Christi.
For centuries, every Spring the Berga district becomes populated by giants, eagles, dragons and demons. By way of plays, parades and shows you arrive at the apotheosis: “Il salto de plens”, an infernal orgy filling the night with fireworks and music.
(Photo: Luigi©. Courtesy: Patronat Municipal de La Patum)