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Fiestas Tossa de Mar

 

Tossa de Mar has an extensive all year round programme of festivals and events: cultural festivals, craft fairs, music festivals, concerts, dance performances, culinary events, religious ceremonies, and traditions, all of which play a very important role in the life of the town.
The following festivals and events are worth pointing out:

20th - 21st January: Voto del Peregrino - The Pilgrim's Vow: On these 2 days, each January, a religious tradition, more than 600 years old, is commemorated in Tossa de Mar. Around the year 1400, the town was threatened by the plague. The inhabitants of Tossa asked Saint Sebastian for protection against the plague and took a vow. By way of thanks, each year, they would send out a pilgrim to the next church. That is why, every 20th January, a pilgrim makes a pilgrimage on foot to Santa Coloma de Farneres and returns the next day, still on foot. However, the pilgrim does not make his pilgrimage alone as he is joined by 1,000 other people.


1st May: La Fiesta de la Santa Cruz - Festival of the Holy Cross: competition to see who can make the most beautiful cross from natural flowers. The floral crosses are carried in a procession through the old town before being displayed.

End of Jume; Fiesta Mayor - Main Town Festival of Tossa de Mar: in honour of the Holy Sant Pere: Sardanas (Catalan dance), concerts, fireworks, shows for children.


2nd July: Virgen del Socorro. At this festival the "Ses Nou Sardane" dance is performed, which is a local version of the Catalan dance Sardanas. The Ses Nou Sardane is based on a combination of steps of the classical Sardana and acts out a Tossa de Mar legend in which the Virgin chases the devil, who is fleeing with one of the village children under his arm, through the streets of Tossa. In this dance, 9 different Sardana interludes alternate with a type of gallop. It concludes with a waltz.

Whole month of August: International Music Festival of Tossa de Mar.

Mid August: Painting Exhibition and Competition

13th October: Romeria de Sant Grau. Pilgrimage to the church of the Ermita de Sant Grau, situated between Tossa and Llagostera. The Holy Sant Grau, known as Sant Geraud d'Aurillac under French rule, was a deeply religious French count from the 9th century who helped the poor in the district around his castle in Sant Etienne. According to the legend, he spent a period of time living in great deprivation in a barracks in Tossa de Mar which later became the church as we know it today where some of his belongings and drinking cup can still be found. After the 12 o'clock mass a performance of the Sardanas, the typical Catalan dance, takes place in front of the entrance.


Traditional culinary events also take place in Tossa (see Food and Drink in Tossa de Mar)