The Festival of the Light, which is held on the 21st February, commemorates the miracle in which, 500 years ago now, a mysterious light coming from Montserrat, came into the church of Carme in Manresa. This way, the conflict that had interrupted the construction of the Sèquia (canal of irrigation) in Manresa was resolved.
Water and light are the symbols of this festival which, in recent years, has been impressively renewed with the organisation of the "Fira de l'Aixada" (amedieval fair and market). At this festival, which is held on the next weekend after the 21st of February, the old quarter of Manresa fills with craftsmen, masters of old trades demonstrating their arts, tightrope walkers, troubadours and other elements and attractions from the medieval repertoire. The busy streets decorated for reacreating a 14th-century atmosphere, the smells and the music of other times transport visitors to the very heart of a lively popular festival, full of activities for children and for all kind of people and with constant surprises.
More information at: www.aixada.cat