The origin of the Caldera Festival

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Oliver Thansan
Oliver Thansan
11 February 2024 Sunday 22:05
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The origin of the Caldera Festival

* The author is part of the community of readers of La Vanguardia

This weekend Montmaneu hosted a new edition of the Festa de la Caldera, which we attended in La Vanguardia's Readers' Photos. In this town in the Anoia region, the tradition of sharing the caldera, a kind of escudella, is still preserved.

During Carnival, one of the most deeply rooted customs are the large collective meals, which have their origin in collective sacramental ceremonies prior to Roman culture, as detailed by Anoia Turisme.

Traditionally, it was held on the Tuesday of Carnival, although it currently takes place on Sunday (on Saturday, the rúa del Carnestoltes is produced through the streets of Montmaneu).

Prior to distributing the food among neighbors and visitors, the priest blesses the escudella cauldrons. During the day, it is also traditional to compete in a typical game of bowling while the cauldrons with the sausage, pieces of bacon, rice, noodles and other condiments finish cooking.

This year Fel Faixedas and Carles Xuriguera have been named honorary boilermakers. This festival also synthesizes the etymological origin of Montmaneu, which means mountain where we stay or stop at a mountain site. That is to say, it is a welcoming town.