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People love fire here in Catalunya and the “Correfocs“, that means “fire-runs”, is the must incendiary activity present in any Catalan festivals, as you can see in the set of pictures I took during the Correfoc of La Mercè (the annual festival of Barcelona, also known as “La Festa Major”) last Sunday.
In the correfoc, lots of people (maybe thousands) dressed as devils running with dragons and lighting fireworks – fixed on devil’s pitchforks – take the streets from top to bottom, dancing all around to the sound of a rhythmic drum group.
Everybody runs with the fire over their heads among crowds of spectators and, between them, some crazy ones, as myself, follow them with our cameras.
As I have read some time ago, the European Union would like to prohibit this activity, but lucky, the initiative has not prospered. I have over 12 years photographing the Correfocs and I really do not want the ban; I wait all year for La Mercè and their Correfocs.
If you like this set, you can see another set of the same series in my Flikr page.
My post for this week photo chalenge is about the two towers in Bolonia, Italy. The three pictures were taken the same day, a Sunday last January, while walking the city with a fish eye I was testing.
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A Castells is a human tower built traditionally in festivals at many locations within Catalonia. A castell is considered a success when stages of its assembling and disassembling, can be done in complete succession. The assembly is complete once all castellers have climbed into their designated places, and the enxaneta climbs into place at the top and raises one hand with four fingers erect, in a gesture said to symbolize the stripes of the Catalan flag. The enxaneta then climbs down the other side of the castell, after which the remaining levels of castellers descend in highest-to-lowest order until all have reached safety.
The text is from Wikipedia.
I thought about this week Photo Challenge when I saw this Castell in Cathedral Square last Saturday in Barcelonoa, because its structure is a demonstration of how supports a half to the other to reach the top climbing from one end and climbing down by the other. Without the support that both halves are given, it would be impossible to obtain a Castell of this type.
Next I leave a photo gallery of the Castell’s construction process.
Never try this at home 🙂
In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Half and Half.”
Last weekend was the first International championship Ciutat de Barcelona of beach volleyball in Barcelona.
The Dutch players Van Gestel-Van der Vlist won the women’s tournament in the final against the Italian team.
It was a beautiful spectacle. Here I left some pictures. If you want to see more, visit my Flickr page.
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