THE CATALAN LANGUAGE

Priorat is part of the autonomous region of Catalonia and the official language is Catalan. It is NOT a dialect, but a language in its own right, of the branch of Latin languages. It is very similar to Italian and French. Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia and an important publishing city. Catalans are avid readers and many books are published every year in Catalan for nearly 7 million Catalan-speaking reading public.

Every year, around May, many villages and towns hold a literary contest known as the "Jocs Florals". These "Floral Games" were established to celebrate Catalan literary culture. Torroja del Priorat holds an important "Jocs Florals" every year and writers from all over the Catalan-speaking world take part. Many winners have become reknowned authors.

IMPORTANT FESTIVALS IN THE PRIORAT

grapes

JANUARY

L'Encamisada (Falset)

MARCH
Festival of the Omelette in its own sauce (Ulldemolins)

MAY
Priorat Wine Fair (Falset, Gratallops)

JUNE
Festival of Rice and Rabbit (Cornudella de Montsant)

SEPTEMBER
Old Fashioned Wine Harvest Festival (Poboleda)


DECEMBER
La Badejada (Bellmunt del Priorat)



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