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Popular traditions

Catalonia has managed to maintain many customs and traditions over the years, which are very common in everyday life.

The most important from a tourist point of view are:

Sardanas: Traditional Catalan dance. People meet in front of the cathedral on Sundays to dance it.

Castellers: The "castells" are impressive human towers of up to 9 "floors". They originated in the Tarragona region, although they can be seen in popular festivals in Barcelona, especially during the "Mercè".

Saint George (Sant Jordi), patron saint of Catalonia: On 23 April the Catalans celebrate Saint George's day by offering a rose and/or book, and the main shopping streets of Barcelona are filled with book stands.

Eve of Saint John's: On the 23 June, the summer solstice is celebrated with big bonfires, firecrackers and fireworks, and people eat the traditional "coca de Sant Joan" (a pastry).

La Mercè festival: This is the festival for Barcelona's patron saint, held in the week of the 24 September, the day of La Mercè. All kinds of activities are organized, for all tastes and all ages. Of particular interest is the "correfoc" (fire-breathing dragons from all over Catalonia), and the pyrotechnical music show (fireworks and classical music next to the Montjuïc fountains).

 

1 January:
New year's day
6 January
Epiphany
April
Easter
23 April
Saint George's day
27 April
Mare de Déu de Montserrat
1 May
May Day
19 May
Whitsun
24 June
Saint John's day
15 August
Assumption Festivities of Gracia
11 September
La Diada (Catalan national holiday)
24 September
La Mercè
12 October
Columbus Day
1 November
All Saints' Day
6 December
Constitution Day
8 December
Immaculate Conception
25 December
Christmas
26 December
Saint Stephen's Day
   
   
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