Santa Tecla Fair
Meeting of ‘geganters’ (people in charge of the giants) at Santa Tecla Fair.

Santa Tecla Fair

The Santa Tecla Fair is known to many of the town as the little festival of Cassà, and it is celebrated in mid-September.

Over the weekend there are wonderful activities such as the Night of Cremat or the little shopkeeper fair, which is an initiative for young children to to re-sell diferent items.

Programme information at www.cassa.cat/santatecla

The history of the Santa Tecla Fair

In 1456 Cassà de la Selva was granted permission to organise two annual fairs. The day of Santa Tecla, the patron saint of helping dying people to suffer less, was chosen to mark the occasion of the little fair, or the autumn fair.

The authorization that the king gave to organise annual fairs and weekly markets was symbolic of measuring the econòmic life of a town. Normally, the two annual fairs coincided with significant farming times: one in spring and the other in autumn, in accordance with reaping and sowing. At these two times of the year, the towns were meeting points for farmers and merchants.

There are no details as to how the Santa Tecla Fair was celebrated during the first three centúries of its existence in Cassà de la Selva; however, there are documents in the town records that confirm its significance in the first years of the 20th century. The Fair was an economic model because it awarded important prizes to the best specimens of cows and horses and the best and largest herd of sheep. Regarding entertainment, there are fireworks, musical activities (La Principal and La Unión Cassense) and sporting events with races and football. The latter activity was added to the festival in 1912, the same year as the founding of the football pitch in Cassà de la Selva.

Now the Santa Tecla Fair, or the little festival of Cassà, is celebrated in mid-September. Over the last few years it has regained its former status and looks set to benefit from yet another boost along with the cork industry..

Programes de la Fira de Santa Tecla