Dancing eggs and parades on the streets

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This week the Feast of Corpus Christi is the biggest celebration in Barcelona.

 

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Evening at Montjüic Castle

On Friday 16th of June at Montjüic Castle will be a concert performed by The Excitements. The concert starts at the courtyard at 8pm, and the event is going on until midnight. At the courtyard of the castle will also be presented food trucks and other exhibitions.

The aim of the event is to continue the recovering of the use of Montjüic Castle for the city and its residents. The event is free of admissions.

 

 

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Corpus Christi 2017 Barcelona

Corpus Christi is celebrated in Barcelona from Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th of May. It is one of the oldest celebrations in Barcelona and has been taking place since 1320.

This year there will be two Corpus Christi processions featuring traditional figures like the giants, traditional Catalan music, and the Barcelona animal legend figures. Usually the other route start from Plaça de San Jaume, going then down on Carrer del Bisbe, and finishing at Plaça Nova at the Gothic Quarter. The second procession called Processó de Corpus Christi starts from the Barcelona La Seu cathedral, and ofter going around the Gothic Quarter finishes back at the La Seu cathedral.

One of the Corpus Christi traditions is to make an egg “dance” on a jet of water. This tradition has been part of the celebrations since 1637. The “Dancing Egg” can be seen usually for example at the Reial Acadèmia de Bones Lletres, the Poble Espanyol Spanish village at Montjüic area, the cloisters of Barcelona cathedral La Seu, and the Pedralbes monastery.

You can read more information from here.

 

 

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La Patum de Berga Festival

La Patum is a one week long festivity celebrated during the Corpus Christi. It is a UNESCO World Heritage festival and it’s been celebrated yearly ever since 1454. This year the dates for the festival are from Saturday 10th to Sunday 18th of June.

La Patum festival features parades and street shows companied by different figures and characters. Fire and dance are in a central role. The highlight of the festival has traditionally been on Thursday and Sunday evenings when the “salto de plens”, fire devils, are jumping to the rhythm of music.

The festival is held in the town of Berga. You can visit it by taking a bus from Barcelona Nord bus station. The one-way traveling time will be 1,5 hours approx.

From here you can read more information about the festival. 

 

 

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