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Sitges Corpus - Flower Festival



Sitges Corpus - One of the most beautiful festivals in Sitges.

The Corpus Christi celebration is one of Sitges’ traditional festivals and was first declared a Festival of National Artistic Interest and later a Festival of Spanish National Tourism Interest by the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce. The acts it includes, currently organized by Foment de Turisme de Sitges (Sitges Tourism Promotion), have two perfectly distinguished aspects; the first is laic, with carnation and bonsai exhibitions, the facade floral decoration competition and the “dancing egg” exhibit at the Palau Maricel and the other secular, including the Holy Sacrament procession with the participation of the Towns’ Giants and the flower offering to Our Lady of Vinyet.

The floral carpets are put together using approximately 360,000 red, yellow, white and red carnations, as well as other flower varieties, which lie on a bed of grass and other materials, like com pine bark, cypress branches, broom tree, rice shells of coffee beans. 

The carpets are paid for by neighbors, but the Town Council does give the street participants financial aid. The carpet in Cap de la Vila Square, made by one of Sitges’ different associations each year, is  the carpet and central stage for the religious act.

The same week as Corpus in Sitges is the National Carnation Exhibit, a non=competitive exhibition created in 1918 when two carnation growing enthusiasts decided to exhibit their collections at the old Pavelló del Mar (Sea Pavilion). The Exhibit has been held each year since then, except during the Civil War and a few post-war years (it began again in 1950). Today, the Carnation Exhibit can be seen in the Hort de Can Falçgardens. The Exhibit is purely amateur and only honorary awards are given, with no economic compensation. Since 1991, there is a Bonsai Exhibition held jointly with the National Carnation Exhibit.  Since 1959, and during the same days the National Carnation Exhibit is held, there is another competition that consists of decorating balconies and houses using carnations, geraniumsand other flower varieties.

Video of Sitges Corpus Flower Festival.

 

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