The summer solstice fire festivals in the Pyrenees: Falles, Haros and Brandons
The festival of falles, which is celebrated in sixty-three towns in the Pyrenees and Pre-Pyrenees (34 in France, 17 in Catalonia, 9 in Aragon and 3 in Andorra) has been declared an Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO .
With the title, "The summer solstice fire festivals in the Pyrenees: Falles, Haros and Brandons" this tradition becomes recognized worldwide. In the rural world, popular festivals are closely linked to agricultural and solar cycles. Pulling the fire, symbol of the sun, from the mountain and bringing it down to the town serves to purify the fields and forests, purify the population and preserve it from evil spirits.
- June 16 - Durro
- June 23 - Boí / Casós / El Pont de Suert i Vilaller
- June 24 - Senate
- July 2 - Barruera
- July 8 - Erill la Vall
- July 14 - Taüll
- July 21 - Pla de l'Ermita (Festive descent)
- July 22 - Lesp