Ruby is an ancient town located in the Vallès Occidental in Catalonia. It is located in the valley of the Rubí, and limits the north with Terrace and San Quirce del Valles, with Ullastrell west, east to Sant Cugat, and south Castellbisbal. With around 73,000 inhabitants, Ruby is the fourth city in population in the Western Vallès, after the two co-capital and Sant Cugat; the twelfth of Barcelona and Catalonia seventeenth. For the rest of Spain falls within the 100 most populous cities in the 97th position.
The current name according to historians comes from the name Rivo Rubeo, it has been found in some Roman ruins. This Latin name would be translated as referring to laugh red clay the Rubí dragged by its banks.
The city is of Roman origin, as evidenced by the many amphorae found on its territory. The belief about the origin of the name comes from his laugh, old Rubeo river for the Romans. The oldest written documents citing Ruby is from the year 986.
The church of St. Peter (patron of the city) was built around the tenth century, as the castle (of Arab origin). Sheltered by two farmhouses where the land was cultivated and later a stable urban center around the church of Sant Pere is built. Monument to victims of the 1962.
Ruby the festival weekend held closest to June 29, the day of San Pedro patron of the city. The most traditional events in the festival are; the proclamation, the mass, or rua parade, dances in tents, dances “esbart Dansaire Ruby” as the Ball Gitanes popularly known and a leader of the Catalan Gitanes. In the festival thousands of people take to the streets to Bailala together. We also found the castellera performance, firework, fireworks display, children’s activities, performances by folk groups, the funfair, craft market, orchestras, the tramp night …
Gitanes dancing is a traditional carnival dance with greater presence in the Catalonian regions of Vallès Oriental and Occidental. In Ruby dancing has moved to being a dance festival not only to witness but also to live it.
The Ball de Gitanes was a real party that since its origin among the Gypsies who were celebrating their wedding before joining the popular heritage of our people, experienced many vicissitudes. He incorporated music and characters, helped to organize contests and still is the most festive document of the Catalan tradition dance. In Rubi Gitanes danced before the foundation of Esbart in 1923 and are reflected in the festival program since 1927; but it is from the choreographic version created by Albert Sans, in 1970, when the Ball Gitanes of Ruby acquires a new artistic personality and wider dissemination, together with a large popular grip on the city, which is identified with this dance to make it representative.
In 2007 Ruby celebrated 80 years of interpretation of this dance, 37 of its scenic recreation and 25 since the ruby citizens wanted to return to the streets each year during the festival. Full video of the staging of the Dance.
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