Celebration of Happiness (9) – Castells (Human Towers) Spain (Catalonia)

Castells (Human Towers)

"Put Your Trust in Others and Be Trusted in Return"


It seems we are becoming a less trusting society. From brothers to enemies – it’s a short distance these days. It’s a sad thing, for a suspicious society is not a happy one and happiness alone is the absolute richness a society can hold.




The tradition of building castells in Catalonia began in the late 18th century, when the dancers of valls, near Tarragona, ended jigs by constructing small people- piles. This element of the dance became competitive and this new sport started to be celebrated in Catalonia. Symbolizing strength, alliance and common sense, this sport promotes teamwork and social dependence.


The castell starts with a Pinya, a firm base of interlocking bodies. Human tiers are formed by castellers who climb up in a specific order to raise the structure higher, usually between 6 -10 levels. The enxaneta, the tower’s pinnacle is a light weight (and brave) child. Adorning set costumes, the castellers unite in the spirit of the game. It’s a celebration of a community coming together, putting faith in its fellows to create something unique. It displays the dependence that the human race has on one another which is absolutely necessary to co-exist in this world and to reach great heights.


Love and Trust Your Neighbors

We can’t all form human castles but we can forge more open relationships with friends and neighbors, and see other people not as adversaries, but as partners who are vital to our mutual success for it is only by helping others do we gain help for ourselves and it is only through teamwork and community strength that the human race has come so far.

 This blog is inspired by: Secrets to Happiness from the Cultures of the World (Lonely Planet)


Piyuesh Modi