“Fia faia” is the most out-standing Christmas celebration of Baga and Sant Julia de Cerdanyola
The celebration consists of burning torches, denominated FAIES, at Christmas’ Eve after the traditional "Toc d’Oració". The burn is accompanied with very brief songs: “Fia-faia, que nostre Senyor ha nascut a la paia”,
When the torches are shorter, they make a bonfire with the rest of them and the young people jump over it, and other people dance around it
Every year, when the longest night of the year arrives, the “fallaires” from Bagà and Sant Julià de Cerdanyola stop the advance of the dark. The Fia-Faia stops the darkness advance and gets the sun longer in the sky day in day out.
The festivity of Baga is very striking with nearly two hundred torches in the Arcade square (“Plaça Porxada”)
In Sant Julia de Cerdanyola the festivity has more intimate atmosphere and very adapted to Christmas
In the beginning they make a bonfire in the sunset mountain and from there the fire is carried down to each village by a group of “Fallaires” in a colourful night descent
It is a pagan or pre-Christian festivity to celebrate the winter solstice and the fia faia is a prayer to stop the shortness of the days.
Fia faia timetable 18’00 They lit the bonfire, visible from Baga and Sant Julia de Cerdanyola 18’30 They carry the torch down for the “Fallaires” 18’50 They welcome the fallaires in front of the church 19’00 The fallaires come to Catalonia Square and burn the faies. They go to the Arcade square. Finally they dance around the bonfire and coca and quince “all i oli” for everybody