This celebration which takes place in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento of Ripoll in mid-May revives ancestral customs: sheep shearing and the traditional rural weddings.
In mid-May, this festival revives two ancestral customs: sheep shearing and traditional rural weddings. The first is in homage to the life of shepherds and related trades which have been so important for this area, and allows us to see the way in which a shepherd has sheared his livestock for centuries, the sheep shearer cuts and cleans the wool and the spinners card it and make thread.
The wedding has the peculiarity that it is a real wedding with the presence of personalities who act as the mother of the groom and father of the bride. It commemorates the union between the heir and the pubilla (the female that would inherit the whole rural estate in the absence of a brother) from two rural families. The bride and groom wear the traditional dress of that era and go round Ripoll on horseback until arriving at the Saint Mary monastery where the ceremony takes place. When it comes to an end, the couple invite the entire village, as tradition dictates, to eat savoury tart with longaniza sausage and to drink wine from a porrón.
Moreover, the festival includes a market with artisan products, a gathering of antique dealers and a good number of traditional festive features such as the traditional dancers known as esbarts dansaires, the gralla players, the associations of giants or sardana dances.