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Castellers (Several cities)
Castells is a Catalonian word that means “castle,” but it
doesn't only refer to those made of stone; it also refers to
those made of people.
Catalonian human castles originated in the 18th century,
intheregionofTarragona, asaformofpopularcompeti-
tion. Today, the custom has spread all around Catalonia,
and the members of each castle are called castellers .
The bigger and tougher castellers must stand at the base
of the human building. Then, lighter members of the
team climb onto their shoulders. The process is repeated
several times, with each successive level composed of
smaller and fewer members.
The top can only be reached by a single child. The castle
remains complete for a few seconds and must be safely dismantled before its members get
too tired. Occasionally, the human building falls down, but castellers are trained to fall such
that they can usually avoid injury.
Image Credit: Castellers in front of the Sagrada Familia (Barcelona). Image by Magdag .
When It's Free
Castells are open events. There is no fee to attend. Castells are usually performed on the
Sundays of local Catalan Festivals, generally celebrated from August to November. Check
out the schedules of the festivals for performance times.
Other Resources
· Annual contest , held in September. ( English Translation )
· Information on Castells festival in Tarragona.
· Information on Castells festival in Barcelona.
· Information on Castells festival in Catalonia.
· Video of the largest human castle in history , with a height of 10 people.
· UNESCO video of Intangible Cultural Heritage Of Humanity
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