Giants and Big Heads
The ‘Benicarló Giants and Big Heads’ group began in 1992. Since then this Cultural Association has aspired to liven up festivals and the culture in Benicarló for over 20 years. They are present at the most important dates on the festive calendar as well as other popular cultural events.
The official giants
Tolo and Mar are the oficial giants of the town.
The Iberian giants
More than 200 years ago in Benicarló there were 2 Iberian villages, Puig de la Nau and Tossa, which is where the names Puig and Tossa come from.
The big giants
Gori is a child and looks a bit of a rascal, he dresses like a schoolboy; his name is dedicated to Saint Gregory, the adored patron saint of the town. Pau is a country man, dressed in a black shirt which is typical of farmers.
The Big Heads ‘cabezudos’, also called “capgrossos” or “nanos”, are different people with huge heads representing different characters. In Benicarló, there are different couples. The grandparents Pere and Càndida, the christians Jaume and Violant, the farmers Uncle Isidre and Aunt Quica, the Moors Gazló and Fátima, the blacks Kame and Fara and the Turks Asian and Ikay.
When to see the Giants and Big Heads in Benicarló
There are various times throughout the year when you can see these giants of popular, festive culture in en Benicarló:
- January: Parade of the Pages and Their Majesties and the Kings of the Orient Parade.
- May: The Day of Saint Gregory ‘San Gregorio’.
- June: The Corpus Procession.
- July: The Gathering of the Benicarló Giants and Big Heads, which is when there are more groups of giants in the town from different places in Valencia and Catalonia.
- August: Patron Saint Festival: Parade for guest giants, Patron Saints Parade, Parade for Feres de l’Estel, Parade of Water Melon Lanterns, among others.
- October: Day of the Valencian Community, 9th October.
- November: Giant’s Collection, a solidarity event organized by the group, where food is collected.