Rocca Grimalda ‘s  Carnival will take place on 15nd and 16rd February 2020


SATURDAY 15 FEBRUARY: the Lachera begging train will start at 4 pm at the village and will visit some farms located in the nearby countryside performing propitiatory dances on their courtyards, always welcomed with good wine and food gifts for all participants. At nightfall, farmers usually light big fires warming and lighting up their courtyards. The begging train, including masked characters, musicians and all friends who have joined the group step by step will get back to the old center of the village at around 8 pm. This is the culminating and more intense moment of the night as the Carnival puppet or “Carvà” gets burned at the stake on “Belvedere” square while music will start and all participants will join the dances around the fire.

In the afternoon, the village is going to be animated by a noisy begging train of masked children accompanied by the sound of cowbells, drums and lids, knocking from house to house to get sweets, fruits and gifts with a final binge at 7 pm. All will join the Lachera begging train at 8 pm, around the stake. Music and dances will keep on through the village until late at night, when the gang will reach Santa Limbania courtyards, the early settlement area of the village, for the final dances.

SUNDAY 16 FEBRUARY: the Lachera begging train will visit the last farms for lunch and will get back to the old centre of the village around 3:00 pm performing ritual dances in traditional stops such as at the old gate or “Porta” of the village and again on “Belvedere” square with the final folk dances open to all people willing to join.

On Sunday, the center of the village is going to become a large pedestrian area animated by jugglers, dancers, street performers, clowns, make-up artists for kids etc. and local associations will distribute traditional delicacies in the nicest courtyards.

In the yards inside the historical centre, traditional dishes will be prepared by different local association.

The Folk Dance Group of the city of Sitges (Spain) will bring to the 2020 Carnival of Rocca Grimalda the engaging and noisy atmosphere of the "Festa Mayor", the joyful celebrations of the Catalan spirit and identity that are held in the Iberian city in the months of August and of September, on the occasion of the celebrations of Sant Bartomeu and Santa Tecla. In the streets and squares of our village, the group will stage the "Ball de les Gitanes de Sitges", a tradition of dances, music and costumes which are linked to ancient seasonal celebrations of the month of May and whose presence is attested at the Festa Mayor since the end of the 19th century.