The caramelles are an alive festival, rooted and widespread throughout Catalonia and constitute one of the identifying characteristics of Catalan customs.
Despite the diversity of detail they provide, there are some common characteristics that define:
The caramelles are singing greeting spring made by a group of singers, the streets and squares of cities and towns, the morning of Easter.
The caramellas were dressed in traditional festive and often accompanied by an instrumental ensemble; treats them as a reward or grocery money.
On Sant Julia de Vilatorta the caramelles originated within the Confraternity of the Roser ( La Confradia del Roser), founded in 1590 on our people and sealed by the founding bull dated 23 February 1592 which is preserved in the Archives of Vic City.
Since then, every year without interruption, has been practicing this tradition and has become one of the main festivals of our calendar.
In addition to be the oldest institution, the Caramelles del Roser of Sant Julià de Vilatorta have characteristics that make them unique:
Another feature of our caramelles is our clothing.
The singers, arranged in two rows on either side of the street, were wearing long coat, black top-hat and Catalan ribbon of purple color. Each caramellaire carries a turned walking stick with a litlle picture of Our Lady of the Roser (Mare de Deu del Roser) in front of and behind the "Els Goigs del Roser" text.
The performance is headed by the flag of brotherhood and followed by a group of musicians with long purple coat, top-hat and Catalan ribbon of the same color. Rounding out the entourage children party dress carrying sticks turned with a bouquet of flowers and ribbons on top of all colors. The Basket with scarf and beret, was calling all the doors and collecting contributions from villagers. A typical basket cistellaire door caramelles, well decorated, top of a pole with rope and pulley to reach balconies and windows.
According to testimony of Marià Aguiló, in the mid nineteenth century, caramellaires also used to sing folksongs and other cheerful and festive pieces dedicated to girls.
Since 1902 he established a new tradition: in addition to "Els Goigs del Roser" every year we released a piece for three or four voices, composed specifically for local authors. The first authors were Ramon and Victor Manuel Suñé. The most common forms are Sardana, waltz and habanera ritm; a style that is practiced in other parts of Catalonia, where caramelles began to be practiced also in the city of Barcelona and the southern regions, under the impulse of Anselm Clave and their chorts of workers.
In 1990, fulfilled the fourth anniversary of les Caramelles del Roser, we celebrated a series of cultural events - concerts, theater, exhibitions and competitions and festivals populars, we erected a monument with a carved stone at the Town Hall Square and we published the book "Les Caramelles del Roser de Sant Julià de Vilatorta."
Since then, coinciding with the rise of the sense of town of the people and the increase in the national consciousness, our caramelles have grown as never beforte and has achieved a remarkable participation of the younger generation.
Currently the group is composed of more that seventy caramellaires omponents: 44 singers, 16 musicians, 9 Basket bearers and 1 standard bearer.
Aplec caramellaire (Folk festivaL)
Since 1977, the Sunday after Easter, the Town Hall of St. Julià de Vilatorta organizes a folk festival called "Aplec Caramellaire", participating diferent groups throughout Catalonia.