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According to the data handled by the UNESCO, Spain is the fourth country in the world with the most manifestations within the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, which reflects the great historical, cultural and traditional wealth that this country has.
One of the last inclusions on this list is that of the Pyrenees Fire Festivities, an event that takes place every year on the night that coincides with the summer solstice. It is at this time when the inhabitants descend with lighted torches from the peaks of the mountains in the direction of their towns and cities, setting fire to a lot of bonfires that are prepared in their descent, as has been done for many years, from the most traditional way.
For the youngest, the celebration of this event has become an event of great importance since In addition to the solstice, this act symbolizes his passage from adolescence to adulthood, pure tradition that has been doing this for many years.
In addition, it is believed that the Fiestas del Fuego are a very special occasion to regenerate social ties and strengthen those feelings of identity, belonging and continuity of the communities, which is why this celebration is always accompanied by good meals among all the family members. , friends and neighbors as well as traditional dances and songs belonging to the folklore of the area.
Of this celebration it must be said that sometimes different functions are assigned to some people, but only in some municipalities, where, for example, it is the mayor who lights the first fire and in other localities it is the priest who lights or blesses it.
In other cases, it is the last to be married who lights the fire and who is in charge of leading the march down the mountain and in other places the unmarried young women are the ones who wait in the town for the arrival of the torchbearers and give them welcome with sweets and wine.
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The next day, very early in the morning, the neighbors collect all the embers and ashes left by the fires and take them to their gardens and homes to protect them. Undoubtedly, these are cultural expressions whose origin is lost in the nebula of time, but thanks to many local institutions and associations, they are perpetuated over time as they fight to keep this important event for many of the peoples of the Pyrenees.
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