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The Sant Medir groups, 186 years making Barcelona sweeter

2 March, 2016 | Barcelona People, News, Unknown City
01-banderers 1932-foto Segarra-AFB

The origins of the Sant Medir festivities are well-known. It all started with Josep Vidal Granés, a baker from C/ Gran de Gràcia who went on a pilgrimage to the saint’s hermitage in the Collserola mountain range with a set of bagpipes and handing out sweets to fulfil a promise he had made. That first pilgrimage in 1830 was repeated the following years every 3 March for Sant Medir. Every … Read more…

Sant Medir, a festival which unites various Barcelona neighbourhoods

27 February, 2015 | Barcelona People, Networking, Unknown City
Colla de sant Medir

A good many people automatically think of the Gràcia neighbourhood, at the mere mention of Sant Medir. That’s because the tradition grew up in the old village of Gràcia and its main events are still held in Gràcia’s streets, even if other Barcelona neighbourhoods today also celebrate that traditional festival. In fact, as many as eight neighbourhoods besides Vila de Gràcia have played host to Sant Medir collas or festival … Read more…

Time for chestnuts and little marzipan pasties

28 October, 2014 | Barcelona People, Unknown City

The city’s streets and squares fill with roasted chestnut and sweet potato stands from mid-October on. This is a tradition that goes back a long way. As explained in last year’s Almanac for the Curious on the City History Archives‘ website, the Castanyada, a chestnut feast, was originally a meal dedicated to the dead and most probably derived from old funeral meals. It was held on 1 November, All Saints … Read more…