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Barcelona: Festivals and Bank Holidays

January 5th:

The Procession of the Three Wise Men inaugurates the yearĺs festivities.

 

February:

Carnival is celebrated with many parades and fireworks set off by the Colles de dracs.

 

March 3rd:

Festival of Sant Medir in GrÓcia, including a procession and the tossing of candy to spectators.

 

April 23rd:

Festival of Sant Jordi (St. George), also known as the day of roses and books. Stalls throughout the city offer books and roses for sale. Declared World Book Day by UNESCO in 1995.

 

May:

The poetic Jocs Florals (plays of the flowers) and the festival of Sant Ponc in Calle del Hospital.

 

June:

Corpus Cristi festival, with parades of giants and carnival figures with gigantic heads. The fountain of the Cathedral┤s cloister is the site of the traditional lĺou com balla (Dancing egg).

 

Night of the 23rd to the 24th of June:

Summer solstice on the eve of Sant Joan (St. John), a night with lots of bonfires and fireworks in all squares and streets. Tradition says you should party all night and watch the sunrise at the beach.

 

End of June:

Festival of Grec, which includes open-air concerts and dance performances. Especially exciting in the Greek Theatre of Montju´c.

 

August 15th:

The Assumption festival is celebrated around the GrÓcia Quarter. The festivities last 10 days,  neighbors decorate the streets with sculptures and recycled materials. During the night, numerous bands play on the main streets and squares.

 

September 11th:

Catalonia┤s national holiday, a somber festival in memory of resistance and eventual the fall of Barcelona to Bourbon forces in 1714.

 

September 24th:

Fiesta de la MercŔ, patroness of Barcelona. This holiday is celebrated very intensively with four days of musical performances, parades with giants and figures with gigantic heads, fireworks, cultural and sport events and open-air dancing in various places in the city. Especially the performances of Sardanas, the national dance of Catalonia are very interesting.

 

December 13th:

The exhibition of Christmas cribs starts, it is regarded as very romantic by lovers.

 

December 31st:

New Years Eve in Barcelona starts like a Carnival party with people wearing masks in the streets.  At twelve o'clock - like everywhere in Spain - people try to eat 12 grapes during the last 12 seconds of the finishing year. This tradition is said to bring good luck for the next year.



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