This is a traditionalist valley with numerous ancestral customs.
Traditions are only kept alive if they are followed, year after year, by the very people of the land, who consider their customs as their own rather than as a mere legacy of the past. The details of each festival, of each celebration, cannot be learned from books: they are passed on in the squares of each village, where children learn from their elders, proud to feel an important part of this territory.
In the rural world, festivals are closely linked to the agricultural and solar . To pull out the fire, a symbol of the sun, from the mountains and bring it down to the village serves to purify the fields and forests, as well as to purify the population and preserve it from evil spirits.
The board of trustees of Vall de Boi’s council, together with the guild of livestock farmers, shopkeepers and the owners of tourism businesses of the valley, has recuperated Barruera’s Annual Market, a tradition that had been lost in the forties.