One of the most characteristic traits of Catalan people is their passion for popular traditions and festivities, to which they welcome every visitor who wants to join them. These celebrations are usually simple but highly participative, as all neighbours in each quarter are responsible for organizing them. Every district and neighbourhood has its own festivity, and they all normally take place during summer. Some of the major festivals taking place in Barcelona every year are Gracia and Sants festivals and Sant Jordi’s festivity, as well as La Mercè and Sant Joan holidays.
Are you ready to discover what the traditional parties and festivities of Barcelona have to offer? Just join the rest of the party-goers (generally people from all around the world) and enjoy!
During Gracia festival in august, the streets of this iconic quarter are decorated according to a wide variety of themes. Visiting Gracia during those days is just like entering a fantasy world, but what many don’t know is that it is actually a decoration contest, with prizes and mentions for the best street. They also hold a crafts and gastronomy fair, where you can taste the typical “coques”, “embutits” as well as a diversity of wines.
Sants neighbourhood celebrates its major popular festival also in august and for about a week. We strongly recommend you stroll along its decorated streets, even though you will find much more than that: concerts, an open air cinema, alternative parties for children and young adults and the famous “correfocs”, a unique celebration worth seeing.
During Sant Jordi –on April 23rd– someone may come up to you and present you with a rose. It is customary for the citizens of Barcelona to buy books and roses for their beloved ones on this day. And, besides, there are also plenty of stalls in the streets that not only sell books, but offer typical catalan pastries and drinks.
La Mercè (September 24th) and Sant Joan (June 24th) are holidays and you will find many shops and establishments closed. Nevertheless, as Barcelona celebrates two of its biggest saints on these days, there is plenty to do all around the city: you can attend music concerts, traditional dancing exhibitions, religious processions, fireworks and many more.
To find out more about the traditional festivities taking place in Barcelona, visit www.bcn.cator the social network profiles of your district.
|Diables de Cervera – Correfoc Sant Joan Valls 2013 – foto Bernat Clota|