Last friday, when I just stepped into the local casteller the Cap de Colla tackled me:
— Hey Marc — he greeted me, while he was pointing to some fellow companions who were rolling a kids’ rehearsal in the middle of the room. — This is “fer pinya”. And that — then he pointed to the technical commission (I guess i talked about them once)— is “fer UNA pinya” or “fer LA pinya”.
Then I looked at him like the dog who looks a man teaching him to play catch. And then he told me again:
— I tell you because you mistook the difference between “to do pinapple” and “to do A pinapple”.
A diada castellera is the name of a gathering where colles build castells. Nothing more and nothing less.
Diades are held mainly while in the major festivals of a city, town or village, or because a certain festivity, or because on behalf or to honour a colla. This is, according to the CCCC, there are nowadays almost 90 colles castelleres all around the Catalan Countries, and there are, usually, around 53 weeks in a year. This means that last year 2013 castells reached a record with about 10.400 castells raised, as I stated in the previous post. Unfortunately I can’t tell how many diades have been celebrated to achieve this record. Continue reading What is a Diada Castellera?→