29th September 2023
Sitges News

Sitges prepares to celebrate the Santa Tecla festival

The Santa Tecla festival is coming to Sitges from 14-25 September – the second festival of the town’s Festa Major, that first saw the celebrations of Sant Bartomeu.

With the days getting shorter, the heat fading, and with the number of visitors no longer the same as in August, the Santa Tecla festival has always been a very popular time for local residents in Sitges.

Each afternoon and evening, mythical Catalan characters will dance their way through the town in full traditional folkloric processions, to include the giants and fire-spitting dragons again, with the festivities culminating in a large firework display on the beach front on Friday 22 September at 11pm.

Saturday 16 September is the ‘Nit de Foc’ (‘Night of Fire’), with a procession of drums starting from 7.30pm at La Fragata, and then along the Passeig de la Ribera, Sant Pau, Cap de la Vila, Major and the Plaça de l’Ajuntament. The procession will include ‘fire shows’ and ‘correfocs’ throughout the town, and there will also be concerts at La Fragata from 11pm.

On Sunday 17 September, from 10am, the Town Hall square will be the scene of a party full of tradition that will captivate young and old alike, with paper maché giants and a ‘bighead parade’ that will follow the Carrer Major, Cap de la Vila, Parellades, Sant Pau, Passeig de la Ribera and La Fragata.

On Friday 22 September at 2pm at La Fragata, the Colla Jove de Castellers (‘human towers’) of Sitges will fire 21 mortars to celebrate its first 30 years of history during the festival. At 11pm there will be the fireworks at La Fragata, followed by free concerts along the promenade.

There will be a display of the ‘human towers’ on Saturday 23 September from 1pm in the Plaça de l’Ajuntament. Saturday 23rd is also the day of Santa Tecla itself, and is therefore a local holiday – and some establishments and shops will be closed.

Pyrotechnics will be used on the Night of Fire, on Saturday 16 September; on Sunday 17  in the afternoon, in the rallies, parades and displays of dragons and children’s devils, as well as on the 22-23 September, in the processions and in the morning.

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