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.
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) Men and women born in Centelles are named 'Galejadors. Early in the morning men and women wear their traditional costume and carry their shooting muskets. 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. There the pine tree is decorated with five bouquets of apples and wafers and hung inside a church until January 6. The festival's origins are related to the trees and the pagan worship of fertilisation related the winter solstice. The tradition has been documented since 1751.