Cellebrations in Barcelona

29 May

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Categories: 6. Special Cellebrations

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  • Sant Jordi: 23 April, day of the patron saint of Catalonia. Celebration of the Rose and the Book: Traditionally men give women a rose and women reciprocate with a book. The city is teeming with Catalan flags and stands selling roses and books. The spectacle is particularly impressive on Rambla Catalunya.
  • San Juan: Night of 23 June, the longest of the year and the one that ushers in summer. People celebrate with fireworks and bonfires in different parts of the city. The best thing to do is go to one of the beaches. At midnight, the city puts on a fireworks show over the sea.
  • La Mercè: 24 September, celebration of the patron saint of Barcelona. The most popular aspects of this celebration are:
    • Correfocs (fire-runs): people dress as devils and shoot fireworks in the streets. 
    • Pyrotechnics on Barceloneta Beach and pyro-musical performance which closes the celebration at the Fountains of Montjuic. 
    • Different concerts and performances across the city. 
    • Go to the Office of Tourism and inquire about the specific festival programme or consult the official web page of Barcelona.
  • Gràcia: At the end of August in the Gracia neighbourhood. Popular celebrations where neighbours compete to see who can decorate their street the best.
  • Sonar: Alternative music festival at the end of June.
  • Cinema a la Fresca: June open-air film festival in the castle on Montjuic. Normally classic cinema and original versions with subtitles. 

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