Seasonal Events, Barcelona
First day in Barcelona and I wonder out to the streets to get a feeling of the city. I was expecting the local markets, the old people in the street, and probably to meet a lovely dog- Paco- in the square.
But Santa hanging from the balcony, nop, not expecting that one. I always taught Santa came through the chimney.
The neighborhood of Gracia in Barcelona holds its Festa Major from august 14th to 21st. Its a popular celebration where you have over 600 outdoors events, all of them for free. Over 1.000.000 people come to visit the Festa Major during those days. It will be a great chance to know the feast if you are in Barcelona during these days.
The main distinctive tarit from Gracia s Festa Major is the decoration of the streets. Every place groups in a neighbour commitee that prepares the ornaments all along the year. They choice a main subject and they work on the materials to be used, as woods, porexpan, cardboard or plastic... that will end up in real masterpieces.
There are events and activities everyday on each of the 23 streets. There are special activities for children (children garmes, light refreshments taken in the afternoonn, ). Nightime is for popular dinners and dancing. You can dance with orchestras, enjoy jazz concerts or havaneres auditions among other activities, in any of the decorated streets.
The 23th of April is feast of St. Jordi, the patron saint of Cataluña. All over the city you will find bookstands in the outdoors as girls are supposed to buy a book for a guy and guys buy roses for girls. This is a fun day to experience!
A great time to visit Barcelona is around 24th September as it is the city’s “Festa de la Merce”. It is the main festival and celebrates Barcelona’s patron saints and everybody goes mad! Massive processions make their way around town including the famous Barcelona big heads, all good, clean fun!
Please , if you have the opportunity, enjoy April 23rd Sant Jordi! Saint George is the Catalunya patron. This day girls are given a rose and boys are given a book by girlfriends, wife or friends! It is pretty to enjoy a day with culture and flowers. (In the picture my 98'Sant Jordi's roses) .
11th September is the Commemoration of the fall of Catalonia and particularly Barcelona, on the 11th 1714 September at the hands of the troops of Philip V, with the consequent abolition of all Catalan Institutions of self-government, has become a symbol of catalan nationalism, repressed during Franco's time but held in secret. With the establishment of a democratic government, the 11th September recovered its highly festive character, with public gatherings in the 'Fossar de les Moreres', where the war heroes are buried, and in front of the Rafael de Casanova Monument, who led the troops at the time of their defeat. It is customary to hang the 'senyera', the Catalan flag, from the balconies of every house. If you come any 11th September you'll see red & yellow flags everywhere.
September 24th is the 'Mercè' holiday in Barcelona. Mercè is one of the patronesses of the city. Many different cultural & musical events take place during that week in town. One of them is the Castellers, human towers which are always present in Catalan towns local parties. Some cities in Catalonia has its own Castellers groups such as Barcelona, Mataró, Badalona, Valls… The picture shows one of the performance in front of the Barcelona Town Hall.
On 11th September, Catalonia celebrates its National Day. Catalonia lost the war against Castille on September 11th 1714. Then all Catalan autonomous governments were prohibited as well as Catalan language & culture were relegated in favour of Spanish language & culture. In the picture there is the monument to Rafael Casanova, 'conseller' of Barcelona in 1714 who defended the city to Castilian troops. Every September 11th Catalan Institutions and citizens give him honour and take flower decoration to the monument.
On 23rd April, Catalonia celebrates Saint George's Day, in Catalan called 'Sant Jordi'. It is a very tradicional & Catalan patriotic day in the country. Lovers give each other books and roses to celebrate their love. Recently this day has been also declared International Day of the Book.
Worth seeing this exciting human buidings. Every sunday morning in spring in well known squares in Barcelona (f.e. La Sagrada Familia square) and little towns all arround Barcelona.
Beautiful celebration and amazing parade on the 6th. of January for the catholic celebration of the "Magic Kings" (Reyes Magos). Specially oriented to our kids.
I was lucky because during my last visit to Barcelona it was middle of December,so all streets in the city were iluminated with the Christmas decorations,really it looks beautiful!.