Category celebrations

Bear Dance Traditions (part 2)

While I’ve been putting together a gallery of photos from the Bear Dancing in Romania to go in the portfolio section of my website I came across more images that I wanted to share with you. No doubt some will make it into the collection, others won’t. If you missed my post last week on… Read More

Bear Dance Traditions

I know, I know, I say this at almost every celebration I visit… but this has to be one of the best. Seriously. It was National Geographic veteran photographer Jim Richardson who said something like “If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of more interesting stuff.” I’ve always liked that saying and it… Read More

Kiddy’s correfoc

During the summer months every town and city in Spain will host some kind of celebration, or fiesta as they as known here. It’s part of the reason I’ve been here so long. You may have heard of some of these fiestas such as the running of the bulls or tomatina. There are literally thousands more often on a smaller scale but still held with great pride and vigor. In the north eastern region of Catalonia one of the standard events that take place at these fiestas is the correfoc.

This past weekend it was the children’s turn. Under strict (not) adult supervision and the appropriate safety gear (hardly) the kids were let lose to run through the streets holding sticks with fireworks on the end.

Sounds mad, is mad.

Around 9pm and with great excitement the first fireworks were lit and the madness began. I was surprised at the age of some of the participants, I swear some of them were no older than 4 or 5.

The event lasted nearly 2 hours and at the end of the evening I was glad to head home burn free.

I´ve put together a gallery of a few of the shots I took that evening. Next Saturday it’s the turn of the grown ups, expect more sparks, more madness and more burns!

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