The Summer Solstice Fire Festivals in the Pyrenees are an array of ancestral origin celebrations that take place every year, around Sant Joan, (Midsummers Day) in different towns of Andorra, Aragon, Catalonia, the Aran Valley and Occitania. (Principality of Andorra, Spain and France)
In 2015, sixty-three towns that celebrate this tradition, including our city, presented a joint candidacy to UNESCO. On December 1, 2015 UNESCO inscribed it them on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
At the annual meeting of the Committee held between November 30 and December 4, 2015 in Windhoek (Namibia), one of the 35 files for this list discussed at the meeting was the one presented jointly by the states of Andorra, Spain and France, entitled "Summer Solstice Fire Festivals in the Pyrenees".
The burning of fallas in Sant Julià de Lòria is celebrated during the summer solstice, on June 23, during the festival of Sant Joan.
It is a tradition that reinforces the sense of belonging, identity and social cohesion, while promoting solidarity, integration and dialogue between generations through the celebration of a party deeply rooted in the community.
The Fallas del solstici d’estiu are Festivals of cultural interest included as an intangible asset in the General Inventory of the Cultural Heritage of Andorra.
This year, due to Covid19, it was decided by consensus with the other towns in Andorra and the Spanish and French Pyrenees to cancel this traditional event. The number of participants, the public and tourists it brings together makes it unfeasible at this time that we have to live.