The Feast of the Firecrackers. Every last Sunday of January, we commemorate in Castellane, the Feast of the Firecrackers for nearly 450 years ..
At the end of January, it is very cold in the streets of Castellane and the city is almost deserted. This Feast of the Firecrackers is the opportunity for all to meet. A theatrical re-enactment of the event, loan of period costumes, dance show, music, demonstration of birds of prey, medieval restoration, mulled wine …
Before coming to the facts that took place on January 31, 1586, let us return to some remarkable episodes of that troubled epoch that opposed Chatolics and Protestants at Castellane. It is in 1559 that the first disorders of war of the religions explode in Castellane. Brun de Caille having converted the Castellane family to Protestantism. In the summer of 1560, a Protestant captain named Paulon de Mauvans plundered the city and settled there after having signed an agreement with the governor of Provence. October 4, 1574, a new attack of the Protestants is repulsed by the Castellans and the inhabitants of the neighboring villages.
The “Firecrakers”; On January 31, 1586, Protestants represented by the Duke of Lesdiguere and the Baron of Germany at the head of their troops attempted a surprise attack on Castellane to take and loot the city. Judithe Andrau coming from Barréme, her place of residence, saw the troops in the forest and hastened to sound the alarm when arriving at Castellane. The castellanais without military support then had to organize themselves their defense against the attackers.
From the historical course of the seat there is not much left. On the other hand, it is known that this same Judithe Andrau, the heroine of the day, killed Jean Motte, the captain of the assailants by throwing a cauldron of boiling weight from the top of the door of the Annonciade which still exists today, then known as the weak point of the city. The German Barron was shot in the back, which ended the retreat of the Protestant attackers.
A last Sunday of January so rich in annimation for centuries already, well before tourism is the glory of Castellane in the summer period.