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Barcelona celebrates La Festa del Pi, a traditional Catalan festival dating back to 1751

Galejadors wear their traditional costumes as they celebrate 'The Festival of the Pine', a ceremony related to the pagan worship of fertilisation related the winter solstice.

Barcelona celebrates La Festa del Pi, a traditional Catalan festival dating back to 1751
A 'Galejador' fires his musket during 'La Festa del Pi' (The Festival of the Pine) in the village of Centelles in Barcelona, Spain. (All images courtesy of Getty Images)
Barcelona celebrates La Festa del Pi, a traditional Catalan festival dating back to 1751
Men and women born in Centelles are named 'Galejadors.
Barcelona celebrates La Festa del Pi, a traditional Catalan festival dating back to 1751
Early in the morning men and women wear their traditional costume and carry their shooting muskets.
Barcelona celebrates La Festa del Pi, a traditional Catalan festival dating back to 1751
They then walk into the forest to chop down a pine tree, load it on an ox cart and take it to the church in the village.
Barcelona celebrates La Festa del Pi, a traditional Catalan festival dating back to 1751
There the pine tree is decorated with five bouquets of apples and wafers and hung inside a church until January 6.
Barcelona celebrates La Festa del Pi, a traditional Catalan festival dating back to 1751
The festival's origins are related to the trees and the pagan worship of fertilisation related the winter solstice.
Barcelona celebrates La Festa del Pi, a traditional Catalan festival dating back to 1751
The tradition has been documented since 1751.