Mar 28 2017

April in Barcelona

 

Spring is officially here, and so are all the events of April. 

 

Photo: Jon Mountjoy / Flickr.com

 

Easter week

The Holy Week, in Spanish "Semana Santa", is celebrated from 9th until 17th of April. In Barcelona you can take part in masses in churches, see different Easter processions on the streets, and of course enjoy the traditional food and delicacies.

From this link you can read about Easter masses and processions, from here about Easter traditions in Catalonia, and from here about the dates and opening hours during the Easter period.

 

 

Football matches

In April team FC Barcelona plays four matches on their home arena Camp Nou Stadium.

 

Champions League

FC Barcelona plays against Juventus on Wednesday 19th of April. If you would like to see the match on Camp Nou Stadium, you can buy tickets for the game here.

 

La Liga

In April FC Barcelona plays three La Liga football matches. The first game is on Wednesday 5th against Sevilla, the second on Saturday 15th against Real Sociedad and the third game is on Sunday 26th against Osasuna.

All the three matches are played on Camp Nou Stadium, and by clicking the name of the teams you can buy tickets to the matches.

 

Photo: Jon Ander / Flickr.com

 

La Diada de Sant Jordi

La Diada de Sant Jordi, also called as El Día de la Rosa and El Dia del Llibre, is celebrated in Barcelona every year 23rd of April. It's known as the day of lovers, too.

Sant Jordi is a Catalan traditional holiday, with some similarities to Valentine's Day. Historically men gave women a rose, and in exchange women gave men a book. "A rose for love, and a book forever" as it was said. The same tradition is still going on, even though in modern days mutual exchange of books is also conventional.

During this day the streets of Barcelona and all over Catalonia will be crowded with people, and you will see most of the women walking with roses in their hands.

Rose selling stands and book shops are set up everywhere, and in the evening of the day around 6 million roses and 800 000 books will be sold. In 1995 UNESCO adopted 23rd April as World Book Day.

 

Photo: Alexander Johmann / Flickr.com

 

Fira per la Terra

During the weekend 29th and 30th of April is held Fira per la Terra, also called Mercat de la Terra. This event is organized yearly as part of the International Earth Day 22nd April. The first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970 aiming to create the modern environmental movement, and now it works in 192 countries around the world.

Fira per la Terra earth fair is held in Parc de la Ciutadella and on the street Passeig Lluís Companys which is next to the park. From here you can find ecological, recycled, and environmental friendly products. The fair also offers fun activities and workshops for children and families.

 

 

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Mar 24 2017

Events in Barcelona on week 13

 

Last week of March brings the spring feeling and several events to Barcelona.

 

Photo: Claudia Frontino, Munt de Mots - Festival / Flickr.com

 

Blues Jam Session

Harlem Jazz Club in Barrió Gótico neighborhood organizes every Tuesday a blues and jazz jam session for local musicians. The Blue Jam Session brings together musicias from different backgrounds to play various instruments. Composer and singer Hernán “El Chino” Senra leads the sessions.

More information here.

 

 

Photo: Nicolas Vigier / Flickr.com

 

Second Hand Markets

The first Saturday and Sunday of the month is here again, and so are second hand markets El Rastro de la Virgen and Fleadonia.

 

El Rastro de la Virgen

This market has something to everyone and you can find treasures as vintage clothing, art, books and so on.

The market is held on Saturday in El Raval neighborhood on street Carrer de la Verge and it’s going on from 12pm to 8pm.

 

Fleadonia

Fleadonia has plenty of bargains to be found and discovered, and the stalls are selling everything from vintage clothes to original wares sold and made by the designers and painters.

The market is held on Sunday in El Raval neighborhood in front of Filmoteca de Catalunya. It starts 11am and it’s going on until 8pm.

 

 

Photo: Paulo Valdivieso / Flickr.com

 

Big Bang Beethoven

Palau de la Música presents the premiere of concert Big Bang Beethoven as a part of the Family Concerts. The orchestra and arrangements are led by Eduard Iniesta and the choreographic director is Enrique Cabrera.

You can read more information and buy the tickets here.

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Mar 23 2017

Easter in Barcelona

 

During the Easter period from 9th to 17th of April Barcelona has its own traditions and events.

 

Photo: Pablo Rodríquez / Flickr.com

 

Easter traditions

Las Monas de Pascua

This is the main tradition of Easter in Catalonia, and these days the Monas can be found all over Spain. However, the tradition is celebrated same way everywhere. The godparent gifts the Mona de Pascua to her or his godchildren on Easter Sunday. In Catalonia the Mona is usually gifted on Easter Monday.

The traditional version of La Mona de Pascua is a round cake, similar to a big doughnut, with hard boiled eggs on it. Originally the number of eggs on the cake was symbolizing the age of the godchild.

Today the Catalan versions are artistically created chocolate pieces of art. You can see them in every bakery and cake shop window. The Catalans even have competitions about who makes the most fascinating Mona de Pascua.

You can try this recipe, if you want to try to do your own Mona de Pascua.

 

Traditional food

Because during the lent it’s prohibited to eat meat or eggs, the traditional Catalan Easter dishes are made of fish. Especially on Good Friday the restaurants will serve fantastic fish dishes. Cod cooked in different forms is the most common and traditional fish. Try it with chickpeas, potatoes or as salted.

“Esqueixada de Bacallà” is a typical Catalonian dish made with raw cod. The cod pieces are companied with some tomato, onion, peppers, olives, salt, vinegar and a dressing.

“Bunyols de Quaresmas” are a Catalan equivalent to Spanish Torrijas. The Bunyols are kind of doughnuts with a little bit of anis flavor. You can buy them from almost every bakery in Barcelona.

 

Photo: Jon Mountjoy / Flickr.com

 

Masses and Processions

Masses

On Palm Sunday there will be palm blessing ceremonies in Barcelona Cathedral La Seu, starting at 11am, and in La Sagrada Familia church starting at 12am.

On Good Friday Barcelona Cathedral in Barrió Gótico neighborhood organizes a ceremony at 3pm. A Canon reads and discusses the last seven words Jesus said before his death.

Easter Sunday brings Easter masses to all churches of Barcelona. The most popular masses are held at the La Sagrada Familia, the Barcelona Cathedral and Santa Maria del Mar churches.

 

Processions

“El Paso de la Borriquita” is the first Easter procession, and it’s taking place on Palm Sunday 9th April in Barrió Gótico neighborhood. The procession is commemorating the arrival of Jesus, riding on a donkey to Jerusalem. On the streets around the parade you’ll find stalls selling traditional bleached palm stalks and palm leaves.

On Good Friday 14th April there will be two big processions. The first one starts from Placa Sant Agusti in El Raval neighborhood at 5pm. There will be around 300 musicians and other participants taking part into the procession. The parade is led by La Hermandad de la Macarena, Paso Cristo.

The second procession of Good Friday starts at 7pm in front of Esglesia Sant Jaume in Barrió Gótico neighborhood. This procession is led by La Hermandad y Cofradía de Nuestra Señora de las Angustias.

 

Photo: Emilio / Flickr.com

 

Dates and Opening Hours

Palm Sunday

The Easter week begins on Sunday 9th of April, also called as Palm Sunday. In Spanish is called “Domingo de Ramos”. On Palm Sunday the shops are closed as usually on Sundays. However, the Maremagnum shopping mall is open every day, including Sundays and holidays.

There will also be special Palm Sunday markets in Barcelona. Check out areas around La Sagrada Familia and Barcelona La Seu Cathedral, and in Sants neighborhood the square Placa Bonet i Muixi.

 

Good Friday

Friday 14th April is Good Friday, in Spanish called “Viernes Santo”, and it’s a public holiday so most of the shops except Maremagnum shopping mall will be closed.

On Good Friday there will be two different Easter Parades – one in El Raval neighborhood and the other in Barrió Gótico area.

 

Easter Sunday

April 16th is Easter Sunday, “Domingo de Resurrección” in Spanish, and it’s a public holiday so most of the shops except Maremagnum shopping center will be closed. There will be masses and services in all Barcelona’s churches.

 

Easter Monday

Semana Santa ends on Monday 17th April. Easter Monday is called “Lunes de Pascua” in Spanish. This is a public holiday, and most of the shops will be closed.

In Spanish it’s also called as El Día de la Mona de Pascua and this is the day when children gets their Easter eggs and the Monas.

 

 

Would you like to read more about Easter in Barcelona? Check out our earlier blog posts about Easter Traditions, Processions and Masses, and the Opening Hours.

 

 

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Mar 22 2017

Easter Masses and Processions in Barcelona

 

Easter Masses and Processions in Barcelona are organized by religious groups and brotherhoods of people based at particular churches. They are called “Hermandades y Cofradías de Penitencia”.

 

Photo: Connie Ma / Flickr.com

 

Easter Masses

On Palm Sunday there will be palm blessing ceremonies in Barcelona Cathedral La Seu, starting at 11am, and in La Sagrada Familia church starting at 12am.

On Good Friday Barcelona Cathedral in Barrió Gótico neighborhood organizes a ceremony at 3pm. A Canon reads and discusses the last seven words Jesus said before his death.

Easter Sunday brings Easter masses to all churches of Barcelona. The most popular masses are held at the La Sagrada Familia, the Barcelona Cathedral and Santa Maria del Mar churches.

 

 

Easter Processions

“El Paso de la Borriquita” is the first Easter procession, and it’s taking place on Palm Sunday 9th April in Barrió Gótico neighborhood. The procession is commemorating the arrival of Jesus, riding on a donkey to Jerusalem. On the streets around the parade you’ll find stalls selling traditional bleached palm stalks and palm leaves.

 

On Good Friday 14th April there will be two big processions. The first one starts from Placa Sant Agusti in El Raval neighborhood at 5pm. There will be around 300 musicians and other participants taking part into the procession. The parade is led by La Hermandad de la Macarena, Paso Cristo.

The second procession of Good Friday starts at 7pm in front of Esglesia Sant Jaume in Barrió Gótico neighborhood. This procession is led by La Hermandad y Cofradía de Nuestra Señora de las Angustias.

 

Photo: Gavriil Papadiotis / Flickr.com

 

Easter in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat

The biggest and most pretentious Easter celebrations are in a suburb of Barcelona called L’Hospitalet de Llobregat. You can reach it easily by blue metro line L5.

On Palm Sunday there will be two Easter Processions, both starting from Placa de la Bobila. First one starts and 11am and second at 6:30pm.

On Good Friday three processions starts from Carrer del Moli. First one is at 8am, second at 8:30am and the third and last at 9pm in the evening.

Placa de la Bobila is the starting point of the processions again on Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday. On Saturday the procession starts at 8pm, and on Sunday at 6pm.

 

 

From here you can read about Easter traditions in Barcelona and from here about Easter opening hours.

 

 

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Mar 22 2017

Easter Traditions in Barcelona

 

Catalan Easter has its own traditions differ from other parts in Spain.

 

Photo: Pablo Rodríquez / Flickr.com

 

Las Monas de Pascua

This is the main tradition of Easter in Catalonia, and these days the Monas can be found all over Spain. However, the tradition is celebrated same way everywhere. The godparent gifts the Mona de Pascua to her or his godchildren on Easter Sunday. In Catalonia the Mona is usually gifted on Easter Monday.

The traditional version of La Mona de Pascua is a round cake, similar to a big doughnut, with hard boiled eggs on it. Originally the number of eggs on the cake was symbolizing the age of the godchild.

Today the Catalan versions are artistically created chocolate pieces of art. You can see them in every bakery and cake shop window. The Catalans even have competitions about who makes the most fascinating Mona de Pascua.

You can try this recipe, if you want to try to do your own Mona de Pascua.

 

Photo: Manel Zaera / Flickr.com

 

Vella Quaresma

This is a Catalan tradition with a literal translation “Old Woman Lent”. Vella Quaresma is a lady having seven legs, each of them symbolizing one week of the seven weeks lasting lent before Easter. Every week kids get to remove one of the legs.

The lent is a Catholic tradition and during it it’s prohibited to eat eggs or meat,  and that’s why the Old Woman is carrying a cod or sardines in her hands for reminding kids of the fact. Kids are warned that if they don’t follow the rules of the lent, the Old Woman Lent will come and take them away.

 

Photo: Miquel Ràmia / Flickr.com

 

Traditional Food

Because during the lent it’s prohibited to eat meat or eggs, the traditional Catalan Easter dishes are made of fish. Especially on Good Friday the restaurants will serve fantastic fish dishes. Cod cooked in different forms is the most common and traditional fish. Try it with chickpeas, potatoes or as salted.

“Esqueixada de Bacallà” is a typical Catalonian dish made with raw cod. The cod pieces are companied with some tomato, onion, peppers, olives, salt, vinegar and a dressing.

“Bunyols de Quaresmas” are a Catalan equivalent to Spanish Torrijas. The Bunyols are kind of doughnuts with a little bit of anis flavor. You can buy them from almost every bakery in Barcelona.

 

 

From here you can read about Easter masses and processions in Barcelona and from here about Easter opening hours.

 

 

Planning to travel to Barcelona for Easter, and all but an apartment is already reserved? Habitat Apartments offers a wide variety of fully equipped apartments all around the city of Barcelona. Have a look for example on this excellent apartment, where sleeps comfortable eight persons. The apartment is located in the exclusive Eixample neighborhood.

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