Festivals and traditions in Barcelona

Some dates are extra special on a city’s calendar and must not be forgotten. The most important ones are described below. The evening of January fifth, the night before Epiphany, the entire city takes to the streets to watch the Procession of the Three Wise Men. Before the astonished look of the littlest ones, the Three Kings from the Orient are received with all the honors.

Festa Major Barcelona

On April 23rd, the feast of St. George known as Sant Jordi, Catalonia celebrates Book Day by exchanging millions of roses and books as a gesture of love and friendship. There can be no doubt that this festival involving community spirit and participation reveals a genuine Catalonian idiosyncrasy.

The district of Gràcia celebrates its particular Festa Major in mid-August. Neighborhood streets and squares are adorned as stages for dancing, concerts or outdoor fairs. All the city’s energy seems to converge here during these summer days.

On September 11th, La Diada is celebrated; Catalonia’s national holiday commemorating the recovery of the old Catalonian institutions.

La Mercè is the townspeople’s festival par-excellence. During the week of the 24th of September, the festivity of Our Lady of Mercy, there are countless acts held. The most traditional and popular ones are: ball de gegants (parades of giants and grotesques), the correfoc (ancestral dance in which dragons and demons spit fire as the audacious try to flee), and the castells (human towers that put the strength and balance of acrobats to the test).