As the popular saying goes, Per Sant Joan, a Olesa la fan (“For Saint John, in Olesa they celebrate”). Thus, the municipality’s biggest festival, the Festa Major, takes places on the days around June 24, the feast day of Saint John the Baptist. The street is transformed into a place for citizens and visitors to the comarca to come together and celebrate. These are days when a wide range of activities for all ages and tastes are organized jointly by Olesa’s Municipal Council and its local associations.
Days of revelry and culture, of fire and desire, of light and color. Theater, sardanas, castellers, dances, concerts, fine food, children’s shows, sporting activities, giants, competitions... These are just a few of the things on offer during the municipality’s biggest festival of the year. The town center is alight with stalls that link together the different spaces where the events take place.
Fire is present on the day of the open-air ceremony of the Canigou Flame and the lighting of the bonfire by the two Olesan “colles de diables” (“devil groups”). At the end of the festival, the streets fill up with little lanterns carrying the wishes and dreams of the people.
During the Feast of Saint John
Olesa de Montserrat is a municipality rich in culture and tradition, located in the foothills of the mountain of Montserrat. Olesa de Montserrat is located in the north of the comarca (county) of Baix Llobregat, in the subcomarca of Montserratí, halfway between Barcelona and the Montserrat Monastery. The natural area of the municipality, with its beautiful and magnificent scenery, is bounded by the Llobregat river and the mountain chains of Sant Salvador de les Espases and Puigventós. Olesa’s roots are markedly agricultural; it is noted in particular for its cultivation of olives of the palomar or Olesan variety, native to the region, from which the famous Olesan oil is extracted.
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