Barcelona tourist information, public holidays and local festivals.
Barcelona is a city with a lot of tradition and
celebrates a great number of fiestas, some are catalan traditions, some are
traditions of the city of Barcelona and others are quarter traditions. Each
quarter (barrio) celebrates its own festival every year with music, dance and
eating and drinking in the streets. During the fiestas and its events it is
possible to get to know some of the catalan traditiones like tradicional dances,
"correfocs" (fire-race), "trabucaires" (bandits with guns), gigantes (giants) y
cabezudos (figures with big heads.). We offer here information about the public
holidays and some of the most famous local celebrations of the
1st of January (Año nuevo) 5th of January On the eve
of January 5th the Three Kings (Melchor, Gaspar y Baltasar) arrive with their
court to Barcelona by ship. The Three Kings start their parade in the harbour
(the route varies every year) and a lot of people (adults and especially
children) are waiting in the streets for them to pass by in their
carriages. 6th of January Three Kings (Reyes Magos).
carnival is celebrated with parades all over the city. The quarters (barrios)
prepare parades and invite to dance during their parades.
feast of a Saint (Sant Medir) is held in the Gràcia quarter with thousands of
sweets, which are thrown to the crowd during the parade and it enjoys children
as well as adults. 21st of March Eastern Friday (Viernes Santo) 23rd of
March Eastern Monday The Resurrection (Pascua Florida o de Resurrección)
23th of April The Dia de Sant Jordi (Saint George), also known
as the day of the rose and the book was declared by the UNESCO in 1995 the
international day of the book. The origin is a catalan legend, where the
gentleman (caballero) saved a village from a terrible dragon. It is a very nice
local festival and there are stands in the streets all over the city selling
roses and books.
1st of May International Workers' Day 12th
of may, the holiday celebrated the day after Pentecost
25th of june In the eve of Saint John's day (San Juan), the shortest night of
the year (solstice) is celebrated with bon-fires and fireworks in the streets
and on the beaches. The celebrations go on the whole night and a lot of people
are waiting for the sunrise on the beaches.
The end of June and
during the month of July. The summer festival on Barcelona is the Grec festival.
It offers open air concerts, dance performances and theatre all over the city.
One of the special places of the festival is the Grec Theatre on the Montjuïc
15th of August Feast of the Assumption (Asunción de
la Virgen) Around the 15th of August starts the Fiesta Mayor de Gracia, this
celebration lasts one week with music and dancing on the street all over the
barrio. The neighbours of the Gracia quarter decorate the streets with a lot of
imagination competing for the prize for the best-decorated street.
11th of September The National Day of
Catalonia 24th of September La Fiesta de la Mercè, festival of La Mercè,
patroness of Barcelona. With this festival the autumn starts with a lot of
celebrations, performances, music and sports events. The festival takes place in
many parts of the city during 3 days.
12th of october Fiesta
de la Hispanidad
1st of november All Saints Day (Todos los
6th of december Constitution Day (Día de la
Constitución) 8th of december Feast of the Immaculate
Conception (Inmaculada Concepción) 25th of december Christmas Day
(Navidad) 26th of december Saint Stephen's Day (San Esteban) During the
month of december there are expositiones of christmas cribs and other Christmas
decoration. There is a fair of belenes around the cathedral with artisan works
for sale as well as Christmas trees and decorations. 31st of december New
Years Night (Noche Vieja). In the night of the 31st of december there are
parties all over the city. A lot of people get together on the Plaça Catalunya
to welcome the New Year. Everyone that night all over Spain carries 12 grapes
for the last 12 seconds of the year and you have to eat each second a grape for
the next 12 months of good luck.
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