The festival of Roses is held from August 10th until the 19th of 2012, featuring hundreds of events such as concerts, fairs and competitions that are designed to honor the patron of Roses but also to promote the culture, the history, the tradition and sports of this village on the Costa Brava. Classical music, the Habaneras, the Sardanas and the Catalan Giants are always present. During the days of this festival there are street performances, plays, dances, fireworks on the beach and boat processions. Also very important is the cuisine, during the festivities traditional dishes are elaborated such as fish stew “suquet de peix” and different rice dishes “arrosssos”. The big holiday of this festival is August 15th when the ecumenical Oikoumene service is held, a tradition that began more than 20 years ago. Oikoumene is a Latinized Greek word that means World. This service is officiated in 6 languages and each year around thousand people attend the service.