Participating villages

Alins 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Alins

Part of the annual village festival, the falles in Alins takes place on June 23. The tradition fell into abeyance for several decades, but was…

Andorra la Vella 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Andorra la Vella

The most characteristic aspect of falles celebrations in Andorra is the fact that the torches are spun in circles. Although there is documentation about the…

Aneto 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Aneto

The falles torches, which are made of resinous wood bound to a handle made out of hazel, are prepared by volunteers many days in advance.…

Anla 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Anla

The Saint John’s Eve brandon in Anla is made out of the trunk of a beech or fir tree. Villagers of all ages help to…

Antichan 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Antichan

In Antichan, a village of some 40 inhabitants in the Barousse valley, the Saint John’s Eve Brandon is organized jointly by the village council and…

Arties 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Arties

The “Hesta deth Taro” coincides with the Artiès annual village festival and was originally the time when farmers began to drive the animals up to…

Aveux 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Aveux

The Saint John’s Eve brandon in Aveux, a village of some 40 inhabitants, is organized by the festival committee. On some occasions it has had…

Bagà 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Bagà

Together with the neighboring town of Sant Julià de Cerdanyola, the Bagà festival is one of the only two to be celebrated around the time…

Bagnères de Luchon 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Bagnères de Luchon

The Saint John’s Eve Brandon is a traditional festival that takes place on or around June 24. In Bagnères-de-Luchon, the Office National des Forêts chooses…

Barruera 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Barruera

The festival in Barruera went into a period of decline in the 1960s, and was mainly kept alive by children. In the 1980s, however, it…

Bertren 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Bertren

In Bertren, the brandon is split and then left to dry before being raised. Once upright, the brandon is covered with straw and branches are…

Boí 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Boí

The falles are prepared a few days in advance. In the Boí Valley, the falla is a resinous length of wood about 2 meters long.…

Bonansa 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Bonansa

As in other villages in Aragon, the falles ceased to be celebrated in the 1970s but were revived in 2007. The people of Bonansa prepare…

Bramevaque 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Bramevaque

The traditional brandon is prepared by the Bramevaque festival committee, which devotes a day to debarking and splitting the trunk and inserting the wedges. The…

Canillo 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Canillo

The Canillo falles are celebrated following the model of the other falles of Andorra, with the faults rolling. They begin with the reception of the…

Castanesa 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Castanesa

The falles, which are designed to burn for a long time, are composed of a stick holding several wedge-shaped pieces of pine, which are bound…

Casós 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Casós

The Casós falles ceased to be celebrated in 1986, and weren’t revived until 2001. The falla, as in the other villages of the region, is…

Cazarilh 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Cazarilh

In Cazarilh, the Saint John’s Eve brandon is celebrated between June 15 and July 15 (often early July), which is later than most other villages.…

Créchet 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Créchet

The brandon festival is still celebrated in Créchets, though it was cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The brandon is made “in traditional…

Durro 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Durro

Between two and three weeks before Sant Quirc’s Day, the villagers of Durro, particularly the young people, collect wood to prepare the falles, made out…

Encamp 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Encamp

The Falles of Encamp are celebrated following the model of the other falles of Andorra, making them roll. In Encamp the festival begins at 21…

Escaldes-Engordany 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Escaldes-Engordany

A unique characteristic of the Andorra falles is that participants swing balls of fire around in circles, creating a circle of fire. This was originally…

El Pont de Suert 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

El Pont de Suert

Despite its historical roots, the festival ceased to be celebrated in 1946. With the socioeconomic impact caused by the arrival of the hydroelectric works and…

Esbareich 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Esbareich

The tree to be used as the brandon is selected from a woods nearby in April. It is then cut down and left to dry…

Erill la Vall 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Erill la Vall

Like most of the villages in the Boí Valley, the festivities in Erill la Vall involve a torchlight descent from the beacon.  The torches are…

Ferrère 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Ferrère

In Ferrère, a tree is delivered and split a month before the feast, before being covered with straw on the day of the burning. On…

Gembrie 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Gembrie

The brandon is split in May in Gembrie, and on the day of the festival it is covered with straw and crowned with a bouquet…

Isil 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Isil

The Isil falles are amongst the most well-known in the Pyrenees. Although of unknown origin, they were mentioned in a 1902 article in La Veu…

Izaourt 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Izaourt

In the village of Izaourt, the brandon is split at the beginning of June, but it is not covered with straw. Instead, branches are collected…

Ilheu 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Ilheu

The brandon, a community event, is always held in Ilheu, providing the opportunity for villagers to gather together around a meal and a fire. For…

Juzet-de-Luchon 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Juzet-de-Luchon

Traditionally, the brandon is cut down and dried two months before St. John’s Day. It is split three weeks before the festival, and it is…

La Massana 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

La Massana

The falles of La Massana are celebrated following the model of the Principality of Andorra, with the falles that roll. A few days before, they…

La Pobla de Segur 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

La Pobla de Segur

Despite being in the Pallars Jussà region, the Pobla de Segur falles follow the Ribagorçana model, typical in the villages of the Catalan and Aragonese…

Las Paúls 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Las Paúls

Saint John’s Eve falles are also celebrated at Les Paúls. A week in advance, there is a workshop to make the falles and a small…

Loures-Barousse 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Loures-Barousse

The brandon in Loures-Barousse is organized by the festival committee. The trunk is split lengthwise and wooden wedges are driven in so the wood can…

Les 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Les

As others in Occitania, the festival in Les consists of burning a fir tree some 10 to 12 m tall in the village square. The…

Llesp 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Llesp

After an absence of 60 years, the falles returned to Llesp in 2009, and today they are the final event in Alta Ribagorça calendar. The…

Montanuy 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Montanuy

The Falles festival has been held uninterruptedly every year in Montanui. Following the Ribagorçà model, the falles are about 2 meters long and made of…

Mauléon-Barousse 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Mauléon-Barousse

The brandon in Mauléon-Barousse is prepared by the Barousse-Loisirs association. The festival usually takes place on the first weekend of July in order to welcome…

Montauban-de-Luchon 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Montauban-de-Luchon

The brandon is organized jointly by the village council and the village school parents’ association, in connection with annual school festivities. The organizing committee sometimes…

Moustajon 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Moustajon

The Saint John’s Eve brandon in Moustajon is usually organized by the Moustajon Festival Committee, which was up for reelection in 2021. For more information…

150 150 Prometheus.Museum

In the village of Oô, the St. John’s Eve brandon is celebrated at the same time as the village festival which is usually on the…

Ordino 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Ordino

After dying out in the 1950s, this festival in Ordino is the most recent to be revived. The trunk of a black poplar is erected…

Ourde 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Ourde

Brandons are traditionally held in the village of Ourde, in Barousse, but it has been not been held for the last four or five years…

Sacoué 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Sacoué

The brandon is usually organized by the village council, but a festival committee may be formed to look after festivities, while the village council will…

Saléchan 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Saléchan

The St John’s Eve brandon is initially ordered from a sawmill by the Saléchan council. The tree is then split with wedges and covered with…

Saint-Aventin 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Saint-Aventin

The photographer and Pyrenean enthusiast Eugène Trutat photographed the brandon of Saint-Aventin in 1898. The original negatives on glass plate are kept in the Library…

Sainte-Marie 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Sainte-Marie

In the Baroussais village of Sainte-Marie, a brandon is prepared using traditional techniques: the trunk is split and wooden wedges are placed in the slots…

Saint-Mamet 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Saint-Mamet

The brandon in Saint-Mamet is organized by both the village council and the festival committee. Village employees are responsible for preparing the brandon, while the…

Salles-et-Pratviel 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Salles-et-Pratviel

In the village of Salles-et-Pratviel, the Saint John’s Eve brandon is organized by the village council and the festival committee. The festivities begin with an…

Samuran 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Samuran

Samuran, a village of 26 inhabitants, does not organize a brandon every year. But when it is does, the brandon is prepared according to the…

Sant Julià de Cerdanyola 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Sant Julià de Cerdanyola

Together with the falles in Bagà, this is one of the only two fire festivals to be held in winter. It is celebrated on Christmas…

San Chuan de Plan / San Juan de Plan 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

San Chuan de Plan / San Juan de Plan

All the approximately 150 inhabitants of this village go up to place known as the Planeta de la Falla near the bordes de San Mamés…

Sant Julià de Lòria 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Sant Julià de Lòria

Revived in 1996, the Sant Julià falles are similar to other Andorran falles, although they do have some unique features. The celebrations begin with the…

Sarp 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Sarp

In the village of Sarp, the tree is split a month before St. John’s Eve, around mid-May. Originally, the tree was a linden tree, but…

Saúnc 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Saúnc

The falles are prepared every year by Saúnc villagers. The part to be burnt is made out of bark, which is very carefully peeled off…

Senet 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Senet

The Senet falles have been celebrated uninterruptedly, and are now celebrated the weekend before Saint John’s Eve. The torches are made a few weeks in…

Siradan 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Siradan

The brandon in Siradan is organized by the municipal festival committee. The tree is split lengthwise, and wooden wedges are driven into the slots to…

Sost 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Sost

The brandon in Sost is organized by the Sost Sports and Cultural Association. A tree is split lengthwise, and wooden wedges are driven into it.…

Suils 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Suils

The falles are celebrated on Sant John’s Eve in this small village of only 38 inhabitants. As in the other villages in the municipality of…

Taüll 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Taüll

The Taüll falles is one of the festivals that is believed to have been held without interruption since its beginnings. The Ribagorçana form of falla…

Troubat 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Troubat

The brandon is organized by the Troubat festival committee. Prepared with traditional techniques, the tree is first debarked, then split, before being covered with straw…

Oueil Valley (Mayrègnes) 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Oueil Valley (Mayrègnes)

In the Oueil valley, the festival is rotated amongst the different municipalities. The brandon, called “eth halhar” in Gascon, takes place in the villages of…

Vilaller 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Vilaller

The Vilaller falles have been held continuously since their beginnings. The Falles are produced out of dry wood made from tree stumps. Each falla is…

Villarué 150 150 Prometheus.Museum

Villarué

The falles are celebrated on Sant John’s Eve in this small village of only 30 inhabitants. As in the other villages in the municipality of…