Missatge del 2019 de la Flama del Canigó
The first time I heard talk of the Canigó Flame was when I became a member of Òmnium Cultural. I could hardly have imagined that many years later I would have the honour of welcoming it at the door to the Parliament of Catalonia as the president of the institution, alongside Òmnium president Jordi Cutxart. Even harder to have imagined was that months later, first he, and later myself, would go to prison for defending fundamental rights and democratic freedoms.
The flame is a call for freedom which symbolises the unity of the Catalan language over and above historical vicissitudes and political borders A tradition which began in 1955 and from 1966 onwards has become a banner for unity and freedom which bonds together the north and the south of Catalonia, and which year after year reaches us, rekindling our commitment to Catalan language and culture and to spreading it to all the towns and cities of the Catalan-speaking lands.
Fire is a symbolic element, present in the most firmly rooted and distinctive traditions of Catalan culture since time immemorial. Festivities based around fire have an important place in our traditions and customs, linked to our celebrations and present in the most important ceremonies around the Catalan-speaking lands.
Just as the flame renews our unity with the Catalan language year after year, we too renew our commitment to justice, peace and freedom. May the flame light the way for us, be a beacon for the future and for hope, let’s always keep it lit as a symbol of democracy, justice and freedom. May the flame be our banner of culture and freedom.
Take to the street and receive the flame, live life and celebrate Sant Joan, the national festivity of the Catalan-speaking lands, and know that whatever happens we will meet again in freedom.
Carme Forcadell, President of the Parliament of Catalonia (2015-2017)
Alcalá Meco Prison, May 2019