Sitges celebrates Corpus Christi with a huge popular flower festival, particularly celebrating carnations. Proudly enjoyed by the people of Sitges, this event finds its most spectacular expression in the flower carpet contest, deemed to be of “national tourist interest.”
The participants turn the streets in a show of incredible colors, and they compete for their street to be declared the most beautiful carpet in Sitges. The first record of this beautiful tradition dates from 1887, and today around 360,000 carnations are used in its preparation, in addition to other types of flowers.
The “Floral Ornamentation of Facades and Balconies Contest” has been included as part of the carpet contest since 1959, and on more than one occasion, we must raise our eyes to admire the beauty of these local decorations made from carnations, geraniums, white lilies, and other varieties of flower.
The Corpus Christi celebrations start with the Carnation Opening Speech on Friday at 8:00 pm. On Saturday afternoon, the Gegants de la Vila, the Moorish Gegants, and the American Gegants begin their journey from the Plaza del Ayuntamiento through the streets of downtown Sitges. The Blessed Sacrament procession is celebrated on Sunday, which together with the Gegants, will travel through the streets of Sitges, and finish in the afternoon, with the traditional collective carnation tribute presented at the sanctuary dedicated to the Veirgen del Vinyet.